My assigned blocks were off of Armour Boulevard and in between McGee and Locust. The most shocking conclusion that I came to when doing this assignment was the amount of vacant houses in the area. In 1950 only a little over two percent of the housing units were considered vacant, but then jumping to 2010 the number grew to an astounding 40%. There were almost as many vacant houses as there were that were renter occupied. This seems to be a major issue for the area.
When looking at the blocks between McGee and Locust along Armour Boulevard and 36th Street, you see that today it is a busy but quiet part of the city. The blocks are lined with houses and apartment buildings for the most part, but are also home to a school, health facility, a coffee shop, and a few other businesses. This was not what the blocks would have looked like over a hundred years ago though. When looking back in 1895, this area was only used for housing purposes but over the years other establishments have came and gone. Most of these blocks are located in the historic Hyde Park area along Gillham Road, so there is also some history that comes with the area.