The boundaries of this community are defined by the Rock River to the west, East State St. to the south, Spring Creek Rd. to the north, and a little known road called Shaw Rd to the east. This zip code is located with in the city limits of Rockford IL. There is not a specific name to this are since this part of the mid west does not name individual neighborhoods. ● Housing and Zoning What is the age of the houses? Describe type of construction material, appearance, and general condition. Do you see single family housing? Multi-family housing ? Houses in the area range from the 1940’s Cape Cod style homes, to Craftsman, to Ranch style. The overall general appearance of these homes is that they are well taken care of. Most houses consist of either a wood or brick façade. All homes in this area are single family homes, but some lots have been purchased and were changed to 2 story 4 unit apartments in the 1980’s. Some houses have attached 2 car garages, some have 1 car, and even more have detached garages that are recessed behind the home. 3
● Common Meeting Places Where do people in the neighborhood hang out? Who hangs out there and what hours of the day ? This area is littered with parks, shops, and restaurants. On nice spring and summer days most people hang out along the river at a part called Sinnissippi Gardens and Park. People of all ages hang out in this area. This area with its ponds to feed ducks, running, walking, and riding paths, rose gardens, playgrounds, and conservatory of tropical plants and birds attracts people from all walks of life. As I observed we had small children learning to walk, to elderly out staying active. People off all nationalities come to this area to utilize the paths and enjoy the flowers and river. This area is busy from first light (today it was around 6:00 am, and people were there until well after dark since the trail and the gardens are lite. The park district has special events 3 seasons out of the year. The can run until 10 pm. They had an orchestra there and was catering an event for people who had donated to the Conservatory. This included doctors, lawyers, and local politicians. ● Indicators of Growth or Decline Is this a “thriving” community or does it look “run down?” Is there new or ongoing construction? Businesses and Industries coming to the area? Are buildings, roadways, and public areas clean and well- kept. Do you see dirt, trash, or graffiti ? This area is a thriving area of the city. There are only a few vacant houses in this area. People in this community take care of their lawns and do not have trash outside their homes. Construction is starting on road repair after the winter and new business have opened within the area. There is some trash on the side of the roads, but all gets removed as the weather warms up. Most of the trash accumulated in bushes along the roadway from drives. This gets cleaned out each spring. No graffiti was noted on any buildings or homes. There was a mural on an over pass spray painted by a local artist to reflect the “trendiness” of the city. As for businesses a new
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