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
**One of Buzzfeed's 18 Best Nonfiction Books Of 2016**
A lyrical, intelligent, authentic, and necessary look at the intersection of race and class in Chicago, a Great American City
In this intelligent and highly important narrative, Chicago-native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation in the city's South Side; with a memoirist's eye, she showcases the lives of these communities through the stories of people who reside there. The South Side shows the impact of Chicago's historic segregation - and the ongoing policies that keep the system intact.
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.