The purpose of this report is to give an overview of the available community
development plans for the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
Formerly known as the "Black Belt", the Bronzeville area is located on the near
south side of Chicago, about one mile west of the lakefront. Historically,
Bronzeville has provided the African American community in Chicago with access
to housing and jobs - among other opportunities - as they moved north in great
numbers during the early 20th century. The Bronzeville area thrived for
decades because it was comprised of African Americans of all social classes. As
the nation de-industrialized late in the 20th century, the Bronzeville community
fell on hard times, as did many neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago.
Since the late 1990's, reinvestment has begun in Bronzeville, from new
residential housing and improvements to its public transit locations.
Over the last ten years, Bronzeville has grown in popularity and in the number
of community organizations and advocate groups. This report represents a
compendium of plans, which have the intent of spearheading economic development,
strengthening partnerships, and fostering good relations in Bronzeville.
While it does not have an official plan, various entities have all presented
plans on the future of Bronzeville, ranging from university students, planning
groups urban development consultants and community organizations.