Once known as Junction Grove, the rich history of Englewood began in the mid-1800s as the area quickly developed into a rail and commerce crossroads.
Before 1850, the area was an oak forest with dense swamp land, but the railroad would change things forever. Several of the railroad lines crossed at what became known as Junction Grove, but in 1868, the name would change to Englewood; in 1889, Englewood became part of the city of Chicago. With its four railroad stations, Englewood has long been a transportation hub of the southwest side. This easy access helped to make Englewood one of the largest outlying business districts in the country for much of the first half of the 20th century, but the quality of life in Englewood has dropped dramatically since. Now a struggling urban area, known as Chicago's murder capital, it is also nevertheless known for its grassroots organizations and strong sense of community, on the forefront of revival. Chicago's Englewood Neighborhood: At the Junction explores the history of the people, places, commerce, and community that have created this ever-dynamic neighborhood.
Author: Maria Lettiere Roberts, Richard Stamz
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Binding Type: Paperback
Size: 9.14h x 6.54w x 0.36d