South Deering, Chicago
|Community Area 51 - South Deering|
Location within the city of Chicago
|• Total||8.89 sq mi (23.03 km2)|
|• Density||1,700/sq mi (660/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP Codes||parts of 60617 and 60633|
|Median household income||$38,594|
|Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services|
South Deering, is the largest of the 77 official community areas of the City of Chicago, Illinois, is located on the far south side. It was 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, originally the Joseph H. Brown Iron and Steel Company, which opened in 1875 and was the first steel mill in the entire Calumet region. Since the closing of the plant, the neighborhood has gone through an economic depression.
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 is located between 95th Street on the north, Torrence Avenue on the east, 103rd Street on the south, and the Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad on the west. When the steel mills operated, this area was predominantly Jewish, populated by World War II veterans purchasing their first house. Over the past years, however, it has transformed into a predominantly African American neighborhood.
The area from 95th to 103rd and from Baltimore Ave. to Manistee is commonly referred to as "Slag Valley", in reference to the slag (waste steel) from the former steel plants, being piled in the area.
South Deering is served by a number of CTA bus routes:
- N5 South Shore Night Bus
- J14 Jeffery Jump
- 15 Jeffery Local
- 28 Stony Island
- 71 71st/South Shore
- 95 95th
- 100 Jeffery Manor Express (weekday rush hours only)
- 106 East 103rd
- Richard Speck, mass murderer
- Jon Burge, police detective convicted of torturing suspects
- Sherman Skolnick, conspiracy theorist
- Paral, Rob. "Chicago Demographics Data". Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- Paral, Rob. "Chicago Census Data". Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- Rosen, Louis (1998). The South Side : the racial transformation of an American neighborhood. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee. ISBN 1-56663-190-4.
- "Jeffery Manor neighborhood". The Field Museum. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
Kornblum, William Blue Collar Community (Studies of Urban Society) University of Chicago Press, 1974 ISBN 0-226-45037-6
- Official City of Chicago South Deering Community Map
- Northeastern Illinois University community history project
- Lake Calumet region Journey through Calumet, The Field Museum
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