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Kenwood, 1977

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More neighborhood nuggets from Sweet Home Chicago 2, published by Chicago Review Press in 1977. Here's the entry for Kenwood:

Kenwood is the area immediately north of Hyde Park, extending west to Drexel Boulevard and north to 47th Street. It is the South Side's residential showplace, full of stately old mansions on large, lushly landscaped lots. Muhammed [sic] Ali owns a modest, 20-room cottage here, just down the block from the heavily fortified, Arabian-style complex that Black Muslim founder Elija Muhammed built for himself and his three sons. Ben Heineman, president of Northwest Industries, lives nearby. So do lots of tenured University of Chicago professors. Grad students and other impoverished types live in the alleys, in the second-floor grooms' quarters of the old coach houses. On a sunny spring day, when the neighborhood is abloom with flowering trees and carefully tended gardens, it's easy to forget that the unadulterated slums of Oakland and West Kenwood are just a few blocks away. In a 1972 survey of per capita income in Chicago neighborhoods, Kenwood ranked second (after the Gold Coast), while West Kenwood was 58th and Oakland 83rd out of 84 listings.

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