More than a third—or 8,354—of Chicago’s vacant properties sit in communities impacted by school closings. 

Englewood’s John P. Altgeld Elementary School has more vacant properties within its attendance boundaries than any other school facing closure. 674 abandoned properties in the area have landed on the Chicago Department of Buildings’ vacant property registry since 2010.

Since 2011, the city has spent nearly $17 million boarding up or demolishing properties in the communities where 54 elementary schools are slated to be closed in the fall.

Multimedia by Jonathan Gibby

Reporting by Angela Caputo

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