Touring South Shore with Jeff Heilbrunn, Part 4: Terror Town’s troubles

No section of South Shore better demonstrates the neighborhood’s issues with crime and squalor than “Terror Town,” a four-block by four-block rectangle bounded by Yates and Colfax avenues and 75th and 79th streets. As seen in this video, it’s the site of at least one open air drug market and dozens of boarded-up apartment buildings and retail spaces. For South Shore to rebound in the coming years, the problems of Terror Town will have to be addressed, says Jeff Heilbrunn, a South Shore native who now works at a marketing adviser with Builders Center of Chicago, which has converted several apartment buildings in the neighborhood.

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