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For the Parks family, living in their brand new home is a dream come true. “We have four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a loft; I’ve always dreamed of having a kitchen island,” said Jessica Parks. dream they pursued for years on the South Side of Chicago, until they decided five years ago that they had seen enough. “I could have been in the crossfire,” Parks said. “If you needed food right away, you had to walk a long distance to get it.” They decided to try their luck 30 miles southeast of St. John, Indiana, a much smaller location with higher-rated public schools and a lower cost of living. “This is my very happy cornfield,” Jennifer said. “Taxes are much lower. It’s hard to tell now, but food is always cheaper here.” They are among more than 250,000 black Chicagoans who have left Chicago in the past 20 years, often to neighboring states like Indiana or south to Texas, Georgia or Arizona. Chicago’s black population has fallen 10% over the past decade, continuing a steady decline since its peak in the 1980s,” said Stacey Sutton, professor of urban planning and politics at the University of Illinois to Chicago. African Americans came here from the South in the early 20th century. “It’s been a black mecca for so long,” Sutton said. . “It’s confluence,” Sutton said. “If it was one of those factors, I think people would be able to negotiate them and stay. People love Chicago. Chicagoans love their city.” of Chicago’s most violent and ramshackle neighborhoods. “A lot of shootings were happening in the neighborhood,” Butler said. “We just said, ‘A lot of our family left for Georgia. We might as well follow them there. It’s a vacant primary school,” Butler said. “My brother went here, graduated from here and now it’s been vacant since 2013. “We, together with other organizations, will revamp this to turn it into housing and a clinic.” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declined to be interviewed for this story. She pledged to address the disparities that have long plagued the city. One of its flagship projects is a $750 million plan to develop pockets of the South and West Sides, including Englewood. But Butler says that’s not enough. Invest South/West, the project they’re on work, is centered in one place, when we have all of that to invest in,” Butler said. Chicago’s black exodus also changes its politics. electoral map. As for the Parks family in Indiana, they haven’t closed the door entirely on Chicago. “I would always like to live downtown,” Jason Parks said. “I’m not giving up on Chicago.”

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