Most Caucasians want to live on the North Side. That's not neccessarily true with minorities although some certainly do. The North Side hasn't seen the rough times that the South Side has. It's more built up and didn't suffer at the hands of greedy landlords(white ones) who burned down properties for insurance money. There is a fair amount of construction going on here on the South Side. It's only a matter of time before it becomes built up again.Chi-town said:Great. But if one believes in the basic economics of market capitalism, and I do, they would disagree with you. I don't doubt that many South and West siders have no desire to live on the North Side. But most people in general (including, of course, those moving to the city from elsewhere) absolutely do. There is a reason prices are higher on the North Side, and it is because there is more demand to live there.
And you're sort of the pot calling the kettle black with that last statement, Dampyre. You say yourself that you have no reason to ever go north of Division Street... why would I need to go south of Roosevelt? Both sides of the city have everything local residents need, and for anything else one can go downtown (that's the point of a downtown, is it not?). And Chicagoans on both sides of the city could care less about the suburbs, for the most part.
I may not have a reason to go to north of Divion but I often do. That's much more than I can say for people like you. As for suburbanites, yes, they do matter. There are over 5 million of them and many spend money here in the city. I'll admit that it's very rare for me to set foot in most suburbs, especially the northern ones.