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Thousands of black residents are moving away from Chicago every year in what some have called a "reverse Great Migration.

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The mass exodus comes as Chicago is set Swingers Personals in Panora have a black woman as its mayor for the first time in history. Chicago's black population is on track to shrink toby — down from a peak of about 1.

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One factor in many African-Americans' decision to leave is Chicago's rising cost of living. And then also the school system here just isn't the best and there's a lot of things that go along with getting into the schools Housewives seeking sex IL Chicago 60623 are really good in the city. So it's very competitive from that standpoint. Ware, 40, grew up in Milwaukee and moved to Chicago in to pursue a career in marketing. Although she says she loves the city, Ware is selling her townhouse and moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, with her 2-year-old son Kayden and year-old dog Rocco.

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Weather — specifically Chicago's winter cold — is another factor pulling Ware to the South, she says. Ware is getting a much bigger place in Hot bodygray vwgas Carolina than she has in Chicago. And she says she'll pay a lot less in taxes by leaving Illinois.

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But there's another reason Ware decided to leave Chicago: She wants her son to grow up someplace with Paris escort massage of opportunity. So overall in these conditions of disinvestment, people are weighing their options.

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Chicago native Kathryn Welch, 48, is one of many black Chicagoans who did just that and elected to leave. After 26 years living in the city, Welch moved to the suburb of South Holland to be closer to her parents. She says she sees Single lady want sex San Antonio city grappling with violent crime, and has no plans to move back.

Granted there's crime everywhere.

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But I feel really safe where I am. I don't Is my girlfriend using me quiz as I do [in the city] that there will be a gunshot at any point. Chicago's homicide rate fell for the second year in a row in But the total was still more than New York and Los Angeles combined.

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While she hasn't lost any friends or family to gun violence, Welch says she started to worry Mansfield fuck date her safety after she heard gunshots while leaving her office in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. That type of experience is very small compared to a lot of the parents who have lost their children or people who witness someone being shot or seeing a dead body laying on the ground for hours at Tips for making a good dating profile time.

But at that moment I just felt so vulnerable. Even though she doesn't have kids, Welch says Chicago's school system is another reason she doesn't think she'll ever move back to the city. And good schools are primarily in good communities," she says.

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Welch says she hasn't given up on Chicago, even though she has no plans to move back. We have great public officials, great faith-based communities, great community organizations that are doing great work to stabilize communities like this," she says.

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Correction: An earlier version of the audio atop this post incorrectly stated Chicago has only had one black mayor. In fact, it has had two: Eugene Sawyer was selected by the City Council to serve as mayor after the sudden death of Harold Washington.


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