The town of Robbins was built by and for Blacks at a time when life in the Jim Crow South was becoming intolerable, and life in northern cities like Chicago wasn’t much better. With South Side factories providing an economic engine, local businesses bloomed and thrived. But as the factories closed, Robbins began a long, slow slide into mismanagement, corruption, blight and poverty. Chicago magazine’s Bryan Smith takes us inside the town in his new article “The Trouble With Robbins”.
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