A breakdown of Lincoln Square’s many borders

This is part of a monthly comic series about urban planning in Lincoln Square, by artist Sarah Morton.

Guest cartoonist Sarah Morton maps out the issues of neighborhood borders, and other designated areas, in February’s piece.

Comic by Sarah Morton

Why is this information important?

Aside from semantics and general neighborhood pride, it’s important to know your neighborhood boundaries to make sure you’re receiving all the services you’re entitled to as a resident of the city of Chicago. There are many tools out there to help you figure out where you are, specifically this extremely helpful site called “You are here.

The Tribune made a convenient side-by-side comparison of the old and new ward boundaries, should you need to check if yours is changing (like mine is) in 2015. This information is particularly helpful in determining who you should be reaching in order to address issues on your street and block.

Sarah hopes to go into more detail in one of her upcoming comics about Lincoln Square’s TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District and how it differs from Lincoln Square’s SSA (Special Service Area) . Look for it down the road as she continues to address urban planning issues in Lincoln Square on 60625 each month.

2 responses to “ A breakdown of Lincoln Square’s many borders

  1. Lincoln Square is one of Chicago’s 77 “Communitiy Areas” with defined borders of the Chicago River on the west, Montrose Avenue on the south, Ravenswood Avenue on the east, Peterson Avenue (then south along Western Avenue to) Bryn Mahr on the north. The Chicago Community Areas where establish by sociologists at the University of Chicago in 1920 to tract demographic changes in fixes bordered areas to avoid inaccuracies caused by changing political boundries and shifting racial and ethnic patterns. Check out http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/747.html .

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