Southside documents the massive changes going on throughout the South Side of Chicago. In the past five years the South Side has seen major changes, including the destruction of many Chicago Housing Authority public housing projects and the ongoing gentrification of many of its numerous tight-knit, ethnically diverse communities. These photographs attempt to record a time and place that is being transformed from post-industrial urban neighborhoods to almost sub-urban spaces dominated by modern strip-malls, gated communities and Starbucks. Currently, the project focuses on the neighborhoods that are at the dawn of the change and at times appear almost stuck in time. The next phase of the project will document the newly constructed city that is being built on top of the old one. My hope is to stimulate dialogue about inequitable access to education, jobs and housing-in short, about opportunity and the meaning of community.
by Jon Lowenstein