cityLab is a summer workshop that studies neighborhood history, data collection and personal stories of South Chicago
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That's All Folks

That’s All Folks

So these 6 weeks taught me a lot of things, but one thing I will never forget is how much I hate having an office job. I never want to do that as a career. One thing that brought me through these six weeks is the fact that we would leave out a lot. But...
Came a Long Way

Came a Long Way

Its amazing how the world works, how something can go from nothing to something big in a short amount of time. On my first day, I came in here not knowing what to expect. I thought that we were only going to research South Chicago. While that’s still a big part of what we did...
Last Inning Stretch

Last Inning Stretch

Today was very jam-packed! So tomorrow we have to present the final presentation of the whole six-week program, that’s kind of a big deal. We have to stuff 6 weeks into half an hour. We came in today and Michael already had a list of things for us to do. All day we were writing...
Walkin' On Water

Walkin’ On Water

Today we started on what we’re going to actually have to show from all of our research. This is a nice amount of pressure because this is all we have to show that says we didn’t waste our time. However, I believe in what we’ve done so far. I think that these are feasible ideas...
Its Not All About the Shoes

Its Not All About the Shoes

So today we went to South Chicago and the conversations we were having with the people who were actually from the community went a lot smoother than the people who weren’t from there. While we were walking, Michael noticed some workers from City Sports at their entrance just looking outside and he insisted that we...
Tale of Two Neighborhoods

Tale of Two Neighborhoods

Today, our SmartLuck guest was Benett Haller, the director of Urban Design and Planning at City of Chicago. During his presentation, he pointed out that not only South Chicago, but the southern part of the city in general, is a job desert. This is something that I have noticed but never really thought thoroughly about....
Change Doesn't Come Through Doing the Same Thing

Change Doesn’t Come Through Doing the Same Thing

Today we went back to South Chicago to conduct more interviews with the community and try to get a better understanding of the neighborhood. Basically, a sequel of last Tuesday’s on site investigation. Unlike most movies, this sequel was better than the original. We got a lot more interviews and did a better job of...
Butterflies In My Stomach

Butterflies In My Stomach

Today I got to go back home (South Chicago) for the second time. I like that fact that we get to go on site investigations twice a week, it makes the job a lot more fun than a normal 9 to 5. In preparation for today’s site visit, we interviewed people in the office for...
The Long Game

The Long Game

Hi, I’m Mauryce, the newest member of cityLab. I grew up on the south side of Chicago in the South Chicago neighborhood. I found out about the program through Claretian Associates, who is a partner in this project. Today was my first day on the job; we went on a tour of South Chicago as...