Once a booming suburban town, the Village of Dolton has experienced a decline in industry followed by white flight, job loss and economic turmoil.
Longtime residents left the area and were replaced by African-Americans who left the city for cheaper housing opportunities and instead found themselves in a deteriorating community.
The decline of Dolton mirrors a disturbing nationwide trend — for the first time in U.S. history, poverty in the suburbs has eclipsed urban poverty, according to the Brookings Institution.
WBEZ reporter Miles Bryan, Chicago-based photographer Sebastian Hidalgo and Better Government Association reporter Casey Toner join the Morning Shift to discuss the history of south suburban Dolton.
GUESTS: Miles Bryan, WBEZ reporter
Casey Toner, investigative reporter at Better Government Association
Sebastian Hidalgo, freelance photographer