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Blurred and Proud - A Neighborhoods Project

Reaching Equity

Neighborhoods are some of our proudest city assets. Yet their borders can be used to do more harm than good. Gerrymandering is used for political gain.

Globally, countries and their political borders often create division rather than healthy nationalism.

This project aims to show that most borders don't make much sense when it comes to community identity.

This project asks Chicagoans to draw the edges of a neighborhood they know well.

We visually show how realistically blurred the boundaries really are. Nothing is black & white and there are no wrong answers. We present the latest visuals here and on

Chicago is proud of being a "city of neighborhoods." But everyone has different definitions of where their beloved neighborhood begins and ends.

Some neighborhoods are called different names by different people. And the City of Chicago doesn't even recognize some of our favorite neighborhoods as official community areas. Our ward boundaries don't do the greatest job representing its citizens. Neither do our congressional districts.

We want to know - what is YOUR definition of your Chicago neighborhood? If you haven't contributed your map yet, check out our twitter feed @RESUSstudio or follow us on facebook to find out where we'll be next!

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Powerful Questions

Want to collaborate on this project? Join our team. Become a partner.

We are looking for volunteers who want to station themselves in their favorite neighborhood and have passersby draw maps! Please email us for more information.

Project News

Currently our focus is on Chicago, but we'll let you know if we travel to other cities.