Examining how the United Center has impacted Chicago's near West Side

May 9, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Some thought the United Center would spur more growth for Chicago's near West Side.

When the United Center was built back in the early '90s many thought it would put Chicago’s near West Side on the map. The hope was the stadium would spur further economic development in the surrounding neighborhood, akin to a Wrigleyville West.

More than 15 years later, has the home of the Blackhawks and the Bulls been a good neighbor to other residents? To find out, Eight Forty-Eight spoke to Rachel Weber, an Associate Director of the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an urban planning and policy expert.