soa 240 community memoir - Marla Pettis Soa 240 Community Memoir For my place of study I chose to focus on Waukegan IL This is a place that I am very

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Marla PettisSoa 240Community Memoir11-14-12For my place of study I chose to focus on Waukegan, IL. This is a place that I am very familiar with. I was born in Waukegan, Illinois. On my father’s side my whole family was born and raised in Waukegan, IL. It is town in which I have seen several changes over the years. Its name comes from its Native American Ancestors meaning “fort” or “trading place.” Waukegan is a big town that is at the heart of Lake County Illinois. It has a very diverse population, and over the years has become densely Hispanic. Waukegan is conveniently located between Chicagoand Milwaukee. This town serves as an alternative for those who don’t care to live in the big city.In Waukegan, it has a really good public transportation system. For those who need to commute to and from Chicago or Milwaukee, the Metra train station is directly connected to both of those places. It is a town that lies just off the western shores of Lake Michigan. As I have conducted research on my city, I have learned that over the years Waukegan has seen some significant changes. If you take a ride and ride around the city you would see a lot of different things in Waukegan. Towards the North side you would see a lot of thriving business. If these businesses are not major corporations, then they are predominately Hispanic ally owned. You would see a lot of elementary and grade schools, followed by Waukegan High school which has two campuses, one on the east and one on the west. In the community you would see a lot of apartment complexes and buildings, with a few single-to mid-sized homes. As you cruise
throughout the city and make your way down town you would see a lot of old Victorian type houses. All of these huge Victorian homes are relatively close to the lake. By the lake lies a Downtown strip that one side has been revitalized and built up, and then on the other has several vacant buildings. Directly off of the beach lie old, vacant factories. If one were to critically examine the built capital of the city, it is obvious that this community was once a thriving place, but over time has slowly deteriorated. For my critical analysis of my community of place, I will examine some of the events from the last hundred years. During the 1920s, Waukegan was a huge manufacturing sector. Its population increased by 75%, drawing upon African Americans, European immigrants and Southern whites. At this time Waukegan had a lot to offer, given that it was halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee it was a convenient half way spot for businesses. As well as it offered cheap land and easy access to the water supply. As the manufacturing sector grew, it stimulated the economic growth of the city. During this time several businesses, shops, restaurants, flooded the downtown area. By 1955, there were around 19,000 manufacturing jobs in the Waukegan economic complex. At this time Waukegan was booming, its population was growing. At this time it was the heart of Lake County and was the most prosperous city within the area. Less than

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