Chicago Public Radio reporter Moore looks at the South Side of Chicago through both a journalistic lens and a personal one, looking at everything from housing schools, and retail, to media coverage and politics, all in the context of racist policies and the costs of segregation. Moore truly has experienced the community from several perspectives, starting with a childhood in Chatham, an education in Beverly, an ill-fated real-estate investment in Bronzeville, and now as a resident of the integrated South Side oasis of Hyde Park. And while the stories are personal, issues like food deserts, unequal investment in schooling, inappropriate appraisal of housing stock in black neighborhoods, and political blocs split by infighting highlight the problems that communities face across the country. The South Side is compelling reading that’s great addition to the what-to-read-after-Evicted bookshelf.— Daniel Goldin
Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted and promoted Chicago as a "world class city." The skyscrapers kissing the clouds, the billion-dollar Millennium Park, Michelin-rated restaurants, pristine lake views, fabulous shopping, vibrant theater scene, downtown flower beds and stellar architecture tell one story. Yet, swept under the rug is the stench of segregation that compromises Chicago. The Manhattan Institute dubs Chicago as one of the most segregated big cities in the country. Though other cities - including Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore - can fight over that mantle, it's clear that segregation defines Chicago. And unlike many other major U.S. cities, no one race dominates. Chicago is divided equally into black, white, and Latino, each group clustered in their various turfs.
In this intelligent and highly important narrative, Chicago-native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation on the South Side of Chicago through reported essays, showing the life of these communities through the stories of people who live in them. "The South Side "shows the important impact of Chicago's historic segregation - and the ongoing policies that keep it that way.
About the Author
NATALIE Y. MOORE is the South Side bureau reporter for WBEZ, the NPR-member station in Chicago. Before joining WBEZ, she covered Detroit City Council for Detroit News. She worked as an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem. Her work has been published in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, In These Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. She was awarded the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library and Foundation in 2017. She lives in Chicago.