Reasons behind Humboldt Park's changing demographics

June 17, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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(Photo for WBEZ by Charlie Billups)
Puerto Ricans celebrate during their community’s 2010 parade in Humboldt Park.
(Photo for WBEZ by Charlie Billups)
Puerto Ricans celebrate during their community’s 2010 parade in Humboldt Park.
(Photo for WBEZ by Charlie Billups)
Puerto Ricans celebrate during their community’s 2010 parade in Humboldt Park.

Humboldt Park has historically been the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. But the actual Puerto Rican population here began thinning in the 1980s. That was partly due to whites moving back to the city from the suburbs.

Along with new populations came higher rents and property taxes. That priced out some folks with lower incomes. The latest census data suggest Puerto Ricans are still leaving. To find out more Eight Forty-Eight talked with WBEZ’s West Side reporter Chip Mitchell.

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