Exchange Neighborhoods- Exploring Culture in a Divided City

The Problem

The city of Chicago is divided into 77 community areas. Locally, the community areas are broken down into unofficial neighborhoods that make-up the cultural and geographic boundaries most Chicagoans identify with. Based on a study conducted by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in 2012, Chicago is the most segregated large city in the US. Geographically, racial groups in Chicago are more isolated than in any other city. The geographical situation has helped to perpetuate major distrust between Chicago’s racial groups and have allowed misconceptions to propagate. It is necessary to bridge the racial gap in Chicago through the community's youth.

Plan of Action

Provide more cultural exchange programs for Chicago youth.

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