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Kandinsky and Chicago Neighborhoods

Topics coming to us this past week include:

And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

A researcher was interested in finding demographic changes over time in different Chicago neighborhoods.  The librarian immediately pointed him to the Chicago Community Fact Books (up to 1990) to find information organized by Community Areas or to the Census Bureau to search by census tracts or zip codes.  The problem with tracking different neighborhoods can be aligning our idea of the neighborhoods with either the Community Area or the zip code or the census tract. The librarian supplied some other great resources as well, like a map of Community Areas in Chicago , a description of Census Blocks, and the City of Chicago for data from the 2000 census for Community Areas.

 This Week in Reference, August 10 - 16, 2014

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