West Pullman, Chicago

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West Pullman
Community area
Community Area 53 - West Pullman
Location within the city of Chicago
Location within the city of Chicago
Coordinates: 41°40.8′N 87°37.8′W / 41.6800°N 87.6300°W / 41.6800; -87.6300Coordinates: 41°40.8′N 87°37.8′W / 41.6800°N 87.6300°W / 41.6800; -87.6300
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
City Chicago
Neighborhoods
Area
 • Total 3.58 sq mi (9.27 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 29,651
 • Density 8,300/sq mi (3,200/km2)
Demographics 2010[1]
 • White 0.56%
 • Black 93.06%
 • Hispanic 5.09%
 • Asian 0.05%
 • Other 1.24%
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Zip codes parts of 60628 and 60643
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

West Pullman is a neighborhood located on the far south side of the city of Chicago, Illinois. It is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago. West Pullman is not a part of the historic Pullman company town.

It is bounded on the north by 115th Street, on the east by the former Illinois Central Railroad, on the south by the Calumet River and Riverdale, on the west by Calumet Park, Blue Island and Ashland Avenue.

A high number of jobs were lost in the 1980s and 1990s making unemployment one of West Pullman's biggest problems. The other is the high amount of toxic waste left behind from the factories. A joint effort from community leaders, residents, city officials and the government is attempting to reduce the levels of toxicity.[2]

West Pullman is also home to the largest urban photovoltaic solar plant in the United States. The 10 MW plant utilizes 32,800 SunPower solar panels, spans 39 acres (160,000 m2), and generates enough power to supply energy to approximately 1500 homes in the Midwest. It is owned and operated by Exelon and came online in early 2010.[3]

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