This study is dedicated to Bickerdike Redvelopment Corporation, a local non-profit community-based organisation. Due to the “land war” between the organisation and the local developer, Natalie P. Voorhees Center task is to investigate some useful demographic data on neighbourhood change in Chicago mainly from the perspective of gentrification between the period of 1970 to 2000 in order to prdict what was happening in the boroughs. By combining the multiple literature reviews on genrtifcation and generated index, they have picked 13 variables ( household, race, ethnicity, income etc.) as listed to test against the index. The method of “Score Card” is being used as gain (+) or substract (-) in each community areas to the same factors for the city as a whole (total 77 community areas). In their process of analysis, gentrification and decline are defined as process of change. As a matter of fact, the conducted datas are being analyzed from minor change (stable upper and middle; poverty; mild change) to drastic change (positive change with or, without getrification; extreme poverty; moderate or serious decline) status, in comparison with, the line the city holds as a whole (below or above the line). In short the generated result is categorized in a purpose of change rather than only gentrification.
Figure 1. Neighborhood Types Based on Change in Index Score 1970-2000. Picture extracted from the article Interpreting Neighbourhood Change in Chicago ( Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, 2003)
*Scale : 11 to13 gentrification; -11 to -13: decline, no gentrification
Figure 2. 77 Chicago Community Areas. Picture extracted from the article Interpreting Neighbourhood Change in Chicago( Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, 2003)
Please refer to Interpreting Neighbourhood Change in Chicago by The Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for further readings.