Monday, October 8, 2007

South Deering, Chicago
South Deering, one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois, is located on the far south side. It is a very industrial neighborhood, consisting of a small group of homes in the northeast corner and Lake Calumet taking up most of the remainder. It exists in the 10th Ward, what was once the reign of Alderman Edward Vrdolyak, now in private law practice. It was the home of the now defunct Wisconsin Steel Works, whose main doors were once located off of 106th and Torrence Ave. Since its close it had gone through an economic depression. South Deering was the home of primarily lower middle class dwellers. Jeffery Manor was once a predominantly Jewish community populated by World War II veterans purchasing their first house. It now is mostly African-American. The community is where Richard Speck murdered 8 student nurses in 1966. Louis Rosen documented the racial transition of this and nearby communities in his 1998 book The South Side: The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood.
Jeffery Manor
South Deering
Vets Park

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