A screen shot of the final recommended map from the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission shows borders that cut across the McKinley Park neighborhood.

McKinley Chopped: Community Ward Maps Cut Neighborhood in Half

Published October 14, 2021

Community-developed maps for the coming redistricting of Chicago’s 50 wards show boundaries that split the McKinley Park neighborhood into two wards: north and south.

 
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The final proposed map released from the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission posits a border along West 36th Street that juts south on South Ashland Avenue to separate the Original East District of Chicago’s Central Manufacturing District from historic district buildings along West Pershing Road and residences west of Ashland.

 
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The proposed map from the Coalition for a Better Chinese-American Community (CBCAC) likewise posits borders on West 36th Street and South Ashland Avenue, also following part of South Archer Avenue as the neighborhood’s north-south dividing line for ward boundaries.

Both maps represent proposals only and are separate from the closed-door process the City of Chicago, the mayor’s office and aldermen and alderwomen use to create new ward boundaries based on the latest U.S. Census data.

Carved Up or Kept Whole

The proposed Chicago ward map from the Coalition for a Better Chinese-American Community displays a majority Asian-American ward, including part of the McKinley Park neighborhood.The proposed Chicago ward map from the Coalition for a Better Chinese-American Community displays a majority Asian-American ward, including part of the McKinley Park neighborhood.If at least 10 city council members object to this map and submit their own, the decision moves to a voter referendum. The Chicago City Council is slated to vote on the matter by December 1, 2021.

In a statement, the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission noted how its final proposed map sets out 15 majority African-American wards, 14 majority Latino wards and 13 majority white wards.

 
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“Austin, Avondale, Back of the Yards, Englewood and Logan Square are some of the communities currently carved up that are kept mostly whole in The People’s Map,” the statement said.

As previously reported here in the McKinley Park News, an initial version of the Chicago Advisory Redistricting Commission map kept the McKinley Park neighborhood whole after receiving community testimony at a August 26, 2021, commission meeting at Horizon Science Academy – McKinley Park.

Greater Chinatown

The commission’s map also proposes the first Asian-American majority ward extending from Chicago’s Chinatown to the western border of the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Likewise, the CBCAC map shows a majority Asian-American ward extending southwest from Chinatown and reaching across the McKinley Park neighborhood into the adjacent Brighton Park neighborhood.

In a statement to the media, CBCAC Executive Director Grace Chan McKibben noted how the Asian-American population has grown rapidly over the past three decades in the McKinley Park, Bridgeport and Chinatown neighborhoods.

 
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