The University of Chicago's foray into the Washington Park neighborhood is being met with a mix of skepticism and anticipation. For decades, Washington Park has suffered from economic depression. That's beginning to change as housing is redeveloped and new housing goes up. Now that the powerful university is starting to buy land in the community, many are questioning whether what's good for the University of Chicago will also be good for them.
It's been decades since the University of Chicago supported restrictive covenants to keep blacks out of the surrounding neighborhoods of Woodlawn, Washington Park and North Kenwood. But that history still haunts some in those communities.