What The Chi Gets Right About the South Side

Black pain. Gun violence. Poverty. Single mothers. Drugs. Teen pregnancy. Unemployment. It’s the South Side that everyone (outside of it) thinks that they know. I once took a Jack the Ripper tour in London where the guide listed Chicago’s South Side as an example of the “neighborhoods you avoid.” You know, like Jack the Ripper’s hunting ground. The South Side has even become one of 45’s favorite deflections to his own chicanery as he has asked on more than one occasion, “What the hell is going on in Chicago?”

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