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They Paid $1,700 To Get Water For Their Community Garden, But City Won’t Turn On The Taps - The city has only issued six permits to community gardens this year after rolling out cumbersome requirements for water use. (1050 N California Ave, Chicago, IL)
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Activity statistics generated at 9/17/2020 8:05 AM

Last building permit was issued on 9/16/2020

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14 9/16/2020
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issued last 90 days
420 3/21/2020 to 9/16/2020
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753 3/21/2020 to 9/16/2020

Last building violation was issued on 9/16/2020

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2 9/16/2020
issued last 7 days
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273 3/21/2020 to 9/16/2020
issued last 180 days
394 3/21/2020 to 9/16/2020

Last property was transferred on 6/30/2020

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0 9/16/2020
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49 3/21/2020 to 9/16/2020
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449 3/21/2020 to 9/16/2020

Last Chicago-owned property was added on 1/9/2020

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Community Area

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West Town spans 1 county: Cook

West Town dimensions

  • The area of West Town is 4.58 square miles / 2,928.44 acres
  • The perimeter length of West Town is 10.5 miles / 55,203.7 feet

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Chicago building permits in West Town latest permit issued on 9/16/2020 753 permits issued in the last 180 days

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Housing market info for West Town

Submarket 3 86.9% of West Town

Higher density urban, high income, young, high home prices and rents

The majority of submarket 3 falls within the boundaries of Chicago, as well as parts of Oak Park and Evanston and can generally be characterized as a strong urban market. High and growing incomes generally mitigate high and increasing home prices and rents, resulting in lower levels of cost burden. Submarket 3 has the lowest transportation costs of any submarket. The housing stock can be characterized as high density urban, primarily consisting of older homes. While many residents of this submarket rent, only in submarket 3 did the share of households renting decline. Lower levels of subsidized housing are found in this submarket. Submarket 3 has a very active housing market with high levels of mortgage activity, turnover, and low vacancy. There are low levels of foreclosure activity and cash sales. The households in this submarket are younger, middle and higher income, with high levels of educational attainment. Smaller households, often 1-person, with few children fit the submarket’s high-density design. Submarket 3 was the only submarket to see an increase in median household income.

Submarket 1 10.0% of West Town

Lowest income, high distress, declining population, urban

Submarket 1 consists primarily of urban areas concentrated on the south and west sides of the City of Chicago, but also includes parts of Waukegan, Joliet, and south suburban Cook County. These communities are medium density with many 2–4 flats built before 1940. High rates of vacancy, foreclosures, and distressed sales in Submarket 1 may undercut the quality of existing homes. Significant population loss in Submarket 1 communities is likely both a cause and an effect of local levels of property distress. Nonetheless, Submarket 1 has good access to the regional transportation network, which helps keep transportation costs low. Despite low housing values and costs, declining incomes among Submarket 1 households have led to increased rates of cost burden. Educational attainment levels are low, and households in this submarket are lower income with the largest income declines of any of the submarkets. The submarket has experienced high unemployment, which has increased over time. Communities in this submarket are also aging, now with a greater share of older adults and fewer children under 15.

Submarket 2 3.2% of West Town

Higher density urban and suburban, large households, high foreclosure/moderate vacancy, low/moderate income

Submarket 2 consists of urban and suburban homes built before 1940 in parts of Chicago, Aurora, Elgin, Joliet, and Waukegan. Declining incomes likely influence the high and increasing levels of cost burden. Low transportation costs moderate concerns about high levels of cost burden. Many households rent, but comparatively fewer live in subsidized units than in submarket 1. The submarket has higher levels of foreclosure activity, but moderate levels of vacancy. Mortgage investment is low but cash sales are high, which when combined with the high foreclosure rates and low vacancy rates, points to the transitioning of homes from owners to renters. The larger households in submarket 2 frequently have children under the age of 15.

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There are eight submarkets, or clusters of similar housing issues and neighborhood characteristics scattered throughout Chicagoland. Submarkets are not contiguous. The "cluster" information is from the Regional Housing Solutions and is based on data from the American Community Survey, collected in 2009-2013, and is a collaboration among CMAP, Institute for Housing Studies, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and Metropolitan Planning Council.


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Property Sales (PTAX) latest transaction on 6/30/2020 449 transactions in the last 180 days

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High property tax increases

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