Alden Loury

Data Projects Editor, WBEZ/Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times

The pace of declining Black spaces in Chicago is speeding up, Alden Loury writes. Despite the decline, there’s a market waiting for the investment that will keep Black residents in place and draw others back to the communities they’ve called home.
With time and space to reflect on our lives and to take account of what we’ve endured and who we’ve become, we can start to see ourselves better, Alden Loury writes.
Jobs can be a source of inspiration, but opportunities are diminishing for young Black people in the Chicago area, Alden Loury writes.
In the five months since July, the city has seen the sharpest spike in robberies in 20 years, driven by crimes committed with a weapon.
Nearly 4,900 robberies happened between July 1 and Nov. 26, a more than 55% increase compared to the previous five months. That’s the largest percentage increase in robberies between consecutive five-month periods since at least 2001.
The racial inequities in traffic stops, with Black motorists far more likely to be stopped than whites, are not the only evidence of racial suspicion and profiling that Black people experience, Alden Loury writes.
Most parents aren’t willing to gamble with their children. If they can’t find suitable schools, they’ll simply opt out of the system. And Black parents are now divesting from Chicago Public Schools, and the city, altogether.
For the first time since before the pandemic, metro Chicago posted jobless rates below 4% across three consecutive months.
In Black neighborhoods that are growing economically — including in Greater Bronzeville — Black population is on the decline. It’s almost like the only way to shatter the economic glass ceiling is for a neighborhood to shed its Blackness, Alden Loury writes.