Skip to main content

Hello!  First things first, my apologies if this diary isn't as pretty as others.  This is my first DK diary (though I am a very longtime lurker, all the way back to 2005), as well as my first foray into the awesome world of Dave's Redistricting App.  I was a bit apprehensive at first, but when I saw that the fine folks at DKE were offering babka in exchange for a redistricting map of my adoptive hometown I just couldn't resist.  Please let me know (in comments, I suppose) any questions/suggestions/concerns/whatever you might have--just don't be too harsh!

Out of all the contest specifications, my personal top priority was drawing districts that kept neighborhoods together.  As a (non-native) Chicagoan, I know how important neighborhoods are to this city, so it seemed most correct to keep them together as much as I could.  This might have come at the expense of one or two more black supermajority (defined as 60% TotalPop or 65% VAP) districts, but that was not the main gestalt of my redistricting.  That said, I was able to produce 15 African American-supermajority and 10 Hispanic-supermajority districts, an admirable (IMHO) number given that I didn't want to gerrymander too much.  This, along with the 8 additional minority-majority districts, makes for quite the diverse map.

Additionally, I was able to put all of Chinatown in the 3rd district, which is now plurality Asian.  I also left the 14th and 33rd districts mostly intact and kept the numbering of all the districts consistent with past usage.  I tried not to have the population differ too much by geographic region, but demographic trends sometimes made this a bit difficult.  Most of the incumbents should also still be in their districts.

A few notes: the percentages below are all % Voting Age Population, but "Total Population" is the number of people, regardless of age, who live in the district.  The top population line is bolded when that line's (non-White) race has a supermajority in the district; italics are used when a (non-White) racial group has a plurality.

Anyway, if you'll follow me below the squiggly orange lines, I hereby present my entry for the DKE Chicago Redistricting Contest...

(PS: Here is the DRA file, if anybody cares.)

(PPS: And here is a spreadsheet of the makeup of new districts, compared to old districts--this sounds confusing, but hopefully you know what I mean, and if you don't you'll find out if you click the link!)

South Side

District 3 [Purple] (Armour Square, Chinatown)
35.78% Asian
28.77% White
25.05% Black
8.71% Hispanic
1.91% Other
Total Population: 53877

District 4 [Yellow] (Bronzeville, Douglas, Grand Boulevard, Kenwood)
64.35% Black
20.89% White
9.01% Asian
3.35% Hispanic
2.41% Other
Total Population: 52940

District 5 [Maroon] (Hyde Park, Oakland, South Shore)
68.27% Black
20.41% White
5.75% Asian
3.23% Hispanic
2.33% Other
Total Population: 56458

District 11 [Lime] (Bridgeport, McKinley Park)
52.20% Hispanic
30.05% White
13.86% Asian
2.98% Black
0.90% Other
Total Population: 56255

District 12 [Light Blue] (Little Village)
59.12% Hispanic
30.76% Black
8.17% White
1.37% Asian
0.58% Other
Total Population: 51692

District 13 [Salmon] (West Elsdon, West Lawn)
74.95% Hispanic
20.16% White
3.71% Black
0.65% Asian
0.52% Other
Total Population: 51298

District 14 [Olive] (Archer Heights, Elsdon)
77.51% Hispanic
16.68% White
2.78% Black
2.70% Asian
0.33% Other
Total Population: 51696

District 15 [Orange] (Chicago Lawn, West Englewood)
76.97% Black
19.35% Hispanic
2.48% White
0.92% Other
0.28% Asian
Total Population: 51699

District 16 [Green] (Brighton Park, Gage Park)
82.09% Hispanic
8.31% Black
7.43% White
1.76% Asian
0.41% Asian
Total Population: 52602

District 17 [Dark Blue] (Back of the Yards, Englewood)
90.84% Black
7.04% Hispanic
1.15% Other
0.85% White
0.12% Asian
Total Population: 51542

District 20 [Light Pink] (Brookdale, Fuller Park, Washington Park, Woodlawn)
94.95% Black
1.73% Hispanic
1.61% White
1.41% Other
0.60% Asian
Total Population: 52011

District 22 [Sienna] (Lawndale, Little Village)
66.50% Hispanic
30.75% Black
2.13% White
0.49% Other
0.13% Asian
Total Population: 51784

District 25 [Pale Violet Red] (Pilsen, University Village)
68.64% Hispanic
16.67% White
7.04% Black
6.55% Asian
1.10% Other
Total Population: 51284

Far South Side

District 6 [Dark Turquoise] (Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing)
97.24% Black
1.21% Other
0.94% Hispanic
0.51% White
0.10% Asian
Total Population: 54569

District 7 [Gray] (Calumet Heights, Cheltenham)
93.96% Black
3.08% Hispanic
1.46% Other
1.25% White
0.24% Asian
Total Population: 52296

District 9 [Cyan] (Roseland, Stewart Ridge)
95.24% Black
3.02% Hispanic
1.03% Other
0.64% White
0.07% Asian
Total Population: 54111

District 18 [Yellow] (Scottsdale, West Lawn)
45.70% Hispanic
33.96% Black
18.52% White
0.94% Asian
0.88% Other
Total Population: 52233

District 19 [Army Green] (Ashburn, Beverly Hills, Mount Greenwood)
60.64% White
33.35% Black
4.40% Hispanic
1.05% Other
0.57% Asian
Total Population: 54335

District 21 [Red] (Auburn Gresham)
97.92% Black
0.92% Other
0.78% Hispanic
0.30% White
0.09% Asian
Total Population: 52412

District 34 [Kelly Green] (Morgan Park, Washington Heights)
91.80% Black
5.69% White
1.17% Hispanic
1.16% Other
0.19% Asian
Total Population: 54678

Southeast Side

District 8 [Slate Blue] (Avalon Park, Burnside, Jeffrey Manor, Pullman)
92.10% Black
4.56% Hispanic
2.00% White
1.24% Other
0.10% Asian
Total Population: 52596

District 10 [Pink] (Calumet, Hegeswich, Irondale, South Deering)
57.53% Hispanic
22.30% White
18.95% Black
0.84% Other
0.38% Asian
Total Population: 52752

Far West Side

District 23 [Aquamarine] (Clearing, Garfield Ridge, Midway Airport)
62.37% White
33.14% Hispanic
2.99% Black
0.87% Asian
0.63% Other
Total Population: 51458

Lower North Side

District 1 [Blue] (Maplewood, Noble Square, Wicker Park)
56.77% White
29.41% Hispanic
7.56% Black
4.35% Asian
1.91% Other
Total Population: 53877

District 2 [Forest Green] (Loop, West Loop)
62.60% White
16.87% Asian
12.00% Black
6.08% Hispanic
2.45% Other
Total Population: 52556

District 24 [Dark Violet] (East Garfield Park, North Lawndale)
87.20% Black
4.83% Hispanic
4.75% White
2.14% Asian
1.08% Other
Total Population: 51861

District 26 [Slate Gray] (Humboldt Park, Logan Square)
63.30% Hispanic
21.75% White
12.41% Black
1.43% Asian
1.10% Other
Total Population: 56535

District 27 [Medium Spring Green] (Near North Side, Old Town, West Town)
62.81% White
16.63% Black
12.07% Hispanic
6.79% Asian
1.71% Other
Total Population: 55213

District 28 [Light Pink] (Humboldt Park, Ukrainian Village, West Garfield Park)
61.10% Black
25.18% White
11.13% Hispanic
1.42% Asian
1.17% Other
Total Population: 54859

District 29 [Dark Gray] (Austin, Galewood)
87.99% Black
5.33% Hispanic
5.26% White
0.89% Other
0.53% Asian
Total Population: 51781

District 30 [Salmon] (Belmont Central, Cragin)
74.73% Hispanic
18.34% White
4.01% Black
2.26% Asian
0.67% Other
Total Population: 54239

District 37 [Sky Blue] (Austin, Humboldt Park)
66.14% Black
27.41% Hispanic
4.93% White
0.78% Asian
0.75% Other
Total Population: 51280

District 42 [Green Yellow] (Gold Coast, River North, Streeterville)
78.38% White
11.47% Asian
4.68% Hispanic
3.77% Black
1.70% Other
Total Population: 53886

District 43 [Magenta] (Lincoln Park)
84.78% White
5.24% Asian
4.79% Hispanic
3.60% Black
1.60% Other
Total Population: 55813

Upper North Side

District 31 [Tan] (Hermosa, Irving Park)
66.03% Hispanic
27.42% White
2.77% Black
2.76% Asian
1.02% Other
Total Population: 54980

District 32 [Red] (Bucktown, Roscoe Village)
77.75% White
13.25% Hispanic
4.70% Asian
2.76% Black
1.54% Other
Total Population: 51812

District 33 [Royal Blue] (Albany Park, Avondale, Irving Park)
46.93% Hispanic
37.45% White
10.03% Asian
3.50% Black
2.09% Other
Total Population: 54521

District 35 [Medium Orchid] (Avondale, Logan Square)
62.17% Hispanic
29.62% White
3.77% Black
3.09% Asian
1.34% Other
Total Population: 55851

District 38 [Medium Aquamarine] (Portage Park)
51.32% White
41.58% Hispanic
4.44% Asian
1.45% Black
1.20% Other
Total Population: 56553

District 39 [Khaki] (Albany Park, Sauganash)
49.23% White
28.96% Hispanic
16.15% Asian
3.16% Black
2.50% Other
Total Population: 56581

District 40 [Firebrick] (Lincoln Square, North Park)
53.79% White
19.53% Hispanic
17.08% Asian
7.04% Black
2.56% Other
Total Population: 53933

District 44 [Medium Violet] (Lakeview, Wrigleyville)
83.16% White
6.16% Hispanic
6.14% Asian
2.84% Black
1.70% Other
Total Population: 56543

District 45 [Turquoise] (Jefferson Park)
71.35% White
18.31% Hispanic
7.81% Asian
1.53% Other
0.99% Black
Total Population: 56074

District 46 [Tomato] (Ravenswood)
60.78% White
16.81% Black
11.08% Hispanic
9.06% Asian
2.28% Other
Total Population: 53977

District 47 [Thistle] (Lincoln Square, North Center)
75.47% White
13.96% Hispanic
6.00% Asian
2.71% Black
1.86% Other
Total Population: 55555

District 48 [Light Salmon] (Andersonville, Edgewater, Summerdale)
56.07% White
16.27% Black
13.45% Asian
11.71% Hispanic
2.50% Other
Total Population: 54984

District 49 [Indian Red] (Rogers Park)
43.22% White
25.59% Black
20.12% Hispanic
8.16% Asian
2.92% Other
Total Population: 55343

District 50 [Light Blue] (West Rogers Park)
45.69% White
23.44% Asian
18.06% Hispanic
9.97% Black
2.84% Other
Total Population: 56434

Northwest Side

District 36 [Orange] (Dunning, Montclare, O'Hare Airport)
69.85% White
24.53% Hispanic
3.59% Asian
1.11% Black
0.92% Other
Total Population: 56108

District 41 [Light Steel Blue] (Edison Park, Norwood Park)
84.06% White
8.80% Hispanic
5.21% Asian
0.98% Black
0.95% Other
Total Population: 55231

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site