This map was an attempt to tell the story of Englewood, Chicago - a neighborhood that has undergone drastic changes over the past fifty years.
I wanted to tell the story from the beginning, from Englewood's rise to prominence with the coming of the railroads in the mid-1850’s. Englewood was one of the first Chicago suburbs and had a thriving commercial district in the 1950's. The post-war events of white-flight, widespread urban demolition, and the rise of expressways played a role in shaping Englewood's history, and I tried to tell that story here.
I ended up focusing mostly on the depopulation and widespread abandonment that Englewood experienced beginning in the 1950's up to the present. In 1950, Englewood had 94,000 residents. As of the 2010 census, it had 30,000.