Austin Historic Houses
Gardening in Austin
Raising Livestock in Austin
New Stores Opening
Education in Austin
Unique Supportive Organizations in Austin
Food Pantries in Austin
It was a solidly middle-class neighborhood until the late 1960s. At that point, due to the 1968 West Side riots and block-busting, many of the white residents moved away and African-Americans moved into the area.
For more information see Wikipedia Article on Austin or Encyclopedia of Chicago History.
Rather than write out a number of statistics, I refer you to these Informational Charts About Austin.
They indicate that the Austin Neighborhood has some advantages that Lawndale and Englewood do not have.
One of the reasons Austin is different is because of the Austin Historic District
Here are a couple of historic houses.
Columbus Park is a great asset to Austin. It was designed by a renowned landscape architect, Jens Jensen and restored in the 1990s.
There are a lot of things to do at Columbus Park and many free events.
There are physical improvements being made to the Austin neighborhood–electrical infrastructure, gas infrastructure, streets, etc.
Did you know that vacant land in Austin is now being used to grow food (see above)? There are new initiatives like the PCC Austin Community Farm and Market, what the EEE Youth are doing with gardening, and Root-Riot Harambee’s community garden.
Besides Austin looking better, it’s working better too as a Walmart Supercenter, a Forman Mills Clothing Factory Warehouse, and a Food 4 Less give shoppers more places to shop in their own neighborhood. The two articles on Walmart discuss whether the presence of the Walmart in Austin is good or bad.
- Emma Mitts: Walmart Is Good for Austin
- Walmart Builder Goes Bankrupt Because of the Way Walmart Does Things
- Forman Mills Opens in Austin
- Food 4 Less Opens Store in Austin
Because Rock Church and Catalyst Circle Rock School share facilities, we are excited about what is happening in the school. See Catalyst Circle Rock School for more information.
Students from Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School, 5608 W. Washington Blvd., and Milton R. Brunson Math and Science School, 932 N. Central, took a trip to Austin where they learned about Illinois State Government.
Click on the picture to read the whole story.
Good things are also happening at Austin Polytechnical Academy
There are many groups with different approaches providing Tutoring and Mentoring in Austin.
The Austin Dream is getting the Auditorium and Lobby at Catalyst Circle Rock School finished so that it will be available for performances.
Austin Dream Event
Dan Haley Column in Oak Park Paper About the Austin Dream
One group that might want to use the auditorium is CWCMC as they train musicians. Rock Church members might realize these faces are familiar.
There are also many Food Pantries in Austin:
See Also: Austin Neighborhood of Chicago