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Washington Heights Community Area


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Activity statistics generated at 9/17/2020 2:41 PM

Last building permit was issued on 9/16/2020

issued yesterday
1 9/16/2020
issued last 7 days
9
issued last 90 days
116 3/21/2020 to 9/16/2020
issued last 180 days
252 3/21/2020 to 9/16/2020

Last building violation was issued on 9/16/2020

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16 9/16/2020
issued last 7 days
27
issued last 90 days
148 3/21/2020 to 9/16/2020
issued last 180 days
177 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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transferred last 90 days
13 3/21/2020 to 9/16/2020
transferred last 180 days
78 3/21/2020 to 9/16/2020

Last Chicago-owned property was added on 7/2/2019

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Community Area

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Washington Heights spans 1 county: Cook

Washington Heights dimensions

  • The area of Washington Heights is 2.86 square miles / 1,828.19 acres
  • The perimeter length of Washington Heights is 8.0 miles / 42,222.6 feet

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Chicago building permits in Washington Heights latest permit issued on 9/16/2020 252 permits issued in the last 180 days

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Housing market info for Washington Heights

Submarket 4 68.9% of Washington Heights

Suburban post-war housing stock, moderate- and middle-income, lower cost stock

Submarket 4 is comprised of low-density neighborhoods built between World War II and 1959. Housing is mostly owner-occupied, and very little housing is subsidized for low- and moderate-income families. Despite some foreclosures and distressed sales, the private market continues to function, with moderate levels of mortgage lending. The middle-income households that live in these areas struggle with increasing cost burden, due, in part, to higher transportation costs and declining incomes. The submarket has a moderate number of children and a growing older population (60+).

Submarket 2 17.6% of Washington Heights

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.

Submarket 1 13.5% of Washington Heights

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.

What are submarkets?

The Regional Housing Solutions website has a page dedicated to Washington Heights showing where the submarkets are on a map, alongside specific strategies to address problems with housing identified here.

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 78 transactions in the last 180 days

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High property tax increases

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Sources

Community Area map source: City of Chicago

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