Young black families move back to Woodlawn, reversing exodus

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Young African-American families are moving to apartments in Woodlawn, reversing years of population decline for the neighborhood. (Sam Cholke / DNAinfo)

WOODLAWN — Woodlawn is growing for the first time in more than 15 years and is now outpacing Hyde Park as young African-American families return to the neighborhood.

Newly released Census estimates show Woodlawn has grown by three times as many people as Hyde Park between 2010 and 2015. Though a lot of that has to do with the University of Chicago’s push south, there’s more at work.

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Wendy Walker Williams, executive director of the South East Chicago Commission, a nonprofit that advocates for economic development in the neighborhoods surrounding the university, said she thinks Woodlawn has become more convenient for people.

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