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CURL's 2002 Uptown Housing and Land Use Study

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Executive Summary
Final Report
Supplemental Data


This 30-page demographic and housing study was prepared by Loyola University's Center for Urban Research and Learning. It looks at changes in the 10 year period from 1990 to 2000. $100,000 in state funding was provided by State Representative Larry McKeon. Some controversy surrounded this work at its inception, due to wording of the originally-stated objectives and also to composition of the local advisory committee. Despite its rough beginning, the resulting report appears factual and objective.

Summary Findings for Uptown:

  • Has a stable population.

  • Is an ethnically diverse community, with the majority of residents coming from minority populations.

  • Is an economically diverse community, with 25% of its population living at or below the poverty line.

  • Is densely populated, with a high proportion of rental units (77%).

  • Has appreciating property values.

  • Has schools with declining numbers of neighborhood children.

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