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Old 08-03-2010, 06:52 PM
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I recently was in Chicago attending a funeral for an uncle. He used to live in the Wrightwood section of Ashburn. As a kid from the East Coast, I remember visiting him & his family during the summers in the 70s and 80s. I'm probably being overly nostalgic, but I always thought Wrightwood was neat. Some of the more enduring memories were going to White Sox games, running around the park near St. Thomas More Church and having wonderful pizza. Chicago seemed so magical to a small-town kid like myself.

I went to mass at St. Thomas More after the funeral and was struck by how old the parish had become. There were no young families at mass. I know my uncle spoke of a murder in the early 90s with perceived racial overtones that led many folks to bolt the neighborhood, including my uncle who left after he retired from the city. However, I was under the impression that Chicago had residency requirements for its employees. Where did all the city workers go? It seemed like such a stable community with friendly people, but I was pretty young at the time.

Any information would be appreciated.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:40 PM
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Same old story. Black folks moved in, white folks moved out. There aren't going to be many younger people in the parish because there aren't too many black Roman Catholics. There's still plenty of city employees, most of them are just black now. Overall, it's a still a decent neighborhood in many ways. Clean, well maintained, most of the storefronts are still occupied. The big problem are the regular gang shootings these days.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:43 PM
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Tommy more was an awesome area to grow up in a kids we could safely walk from western ave to kedzie sadly when the change began many fled, home values massively dropped new families moved in by dark of night. Bogan high school served the area for years now is over 95% African American closed campus uniform wearing institution. This goes to the caliper of its current residents. Homes look somewhat decent but it is a hood in every sence of the word. We left when my parents worried for their safety walking from the garage to he house. The neighborhood had such strong bonds that unil this day many neighbors keep In touch. It's hard not to stereotype but to be honest now as an adult If our area in which we live started to change the lesson I learned from the whole experience is be the first ones out.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:59 PM
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Sad to hear this. I grew up next parish over (St. Denis). When the rule came into effect that city workers must live within city boundaries, they came flooding into our neighborhood. But the most recent time I was back there, it didn't seem like that was the case any more. It's greatly changed.
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