After suspected serial killer Darren Vann led police in Gary, Ind., to the bodies of six women that had been hidden in vacant houses, many journalists called attention to the problem of urban blight, which has hit Gary particularly hard.
City officials estimate that there are 8,000 vacant houses in Gary, about one out of every five houses in the city sitting empty.
The rapid growth of condominiums and townhouses in Woodlawn have sparked fears that the neighborhood's poorest residents will be driven out by condo conversions and rising rents due to inflating real estate values.
In 1960, there were no African Americans living in seven Chicago community areas. Today, blacks live in each of the city's 77 communities. However, segregation patterns have largely remained the same in 58 of the city's community areas.
Most of the 31 Class of 2000 valedictorians interviewed for the Chicago Valedictorian Survey went to colleges that were listed as "moderately difficult." But African American valedictorians were most likely to attend those schools.