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According to figures from Chicago Cityscape, Logan Square saw the highest number of teardowns last year, with 109 demolition permits issued in 2017. The West Town community area, which includes the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Noble Square, and East Village neighborhoods, came in a close second place, with 93 demolition permits issued during the same period. Rounding out the top five were Lincoln Park with 70 demolitions, Englewood with 64, and West Englewood which also saw 64 structures lost. Pinpointing the exact number of housing units lost is more difficult since the city does not publish a building’s unit count in demolition permits, says Chicago Cityscape founder and blogger Steven Vance.
The neighborhoods with the most demolition activity form a noticeable U-shape from the North Side lakefront out towards the northwest side, then far into the South Side, notes Daniel Kay Hertz, Chicago housing policy analyst with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and author of an upcoming book on Lincoln Park’s gentrification battle.
That pattern, Hertz suggests, represents patterns of economic periods, particularly the recession and following years.
“The different peaks in the economic cycle are very noticeable,” Hertz says of the figures. “In the lower-income areas, demolitions seem to have peaked in the years after the recession while in the very high-end neighborhoods, demolitions have dropped very dramatically just in the last year or two.”