Tracking vacancies, tract by tract

by Joseph Askins on 2/17/11

Boarded-up home, 6000 block, S Artesian Ave

Megan Cottrell of Chicago Muckrakers shared a great cache of data with her readers this week: spreadsheets listing the number of commercial and residential vacancies not just in each community area, but in each of the city’s Census tracts, meaning you can almost determine “how many empty homes are sitting on your street,” she says.

The three tracts with the most residential vacancies are:

  • Tract 5401 in Riverdale: 1,112 homes vacant. Bounded by 115th Street, 130th Street, I-94, and Indiana Avenue.
  • Tract 3205 in the Loop: 779 homes vacant. Bounded by Monroe Street, Roosevelt Road, State Street, and the Chicago River.
  • Tract 3301 in the Near South Side: 759 homes vacant. Bounded by Roosevelt Road, Cermak Road, I-55, State Street, King Drive, and Lake Michigan.

The three with the highest rates of residential vacancies are:

  • Tract 4114 in Hyde Park: 90 of 212 homes vacant (42.5%). Bounded by 55th Street, 60th Street, Ellis Avenue, and Cottage Grove Avenue.
  • Tract 2842 in the Near West Side: 20 of 53 homes vacant (37.7%). Bounded by Roosevelt Road, the BNSF railroad tracks, Damen Avenue, and Western Avenue.
  • Tract 819 in the Near North Side: 338 of 925 homes vacant (36.5%). Bounded by Oak Street, Superior Street, Hudson Avenue, and Larrabee Street.

The three tracts with the most commercial vacancies are all in the Loop, and the three tracts with the highest percentage of commercial vacancies are in Greater Grand Crossing, the Near West Side, and Grand Boulevard.

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