I know of many poor black families that have left Chicago for the suburbs. This comes as no surprise to me. In my own area, Logan Square, I’ve seen it go from bad to good to bad again. I see block after block of empty homes in my area that were all filled up in 2000.
As for a job search, I see many jobs I could do if I could get to the suburbs. When I worked in a computer store in central Chicago, I found it unbelieveable the number of Spanish speakers who I couldn’t communicate with.
And Spanish speakers are the only growth in Chicago. I find the results to be consistant in what is going on in Chicago around me.
People are leaving for the suburbs or for the South. In addition where a house used to have a family of five or six, I now see them has having two or three people in it.
Unlike the southern cities that have room to grow, Chicago is surrounded by suburbs that can take the gravy from Chicago and leave it with nothing much more.