Chicago’s West Side has been robbed of equitable investment for generations — and it has left legacy Lawndale residents with little economic opportunity, according to a new study.

The report from University of Illinois Chicago’s Great Cities Institute used data and community input to identify key patterns that contribute to the neighborhood’s economic strife. West Side neighborhood leaders presented the findings at a City Club panel discussion Monday.

The research was produced for the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation to help neighborhood groups plan ways to fix quality-of-life issues like the health disparities, joblessness and lack of homeownership opportunities caused by historic policies rooted in racism. The study will support the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council’s 2018 quality-of-life plan aimed at coordinating locally-driven strategies for responding to those issues, said Richard Townsell, executive director of the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation.

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