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What's new in Bronzeville? A bit of small-scale development and some improved infrastructure, according to a Curbed tipster. Through much of the aughts, many perceived Bronzeville to be poised to become Chicago's next "hot" neighborhood. During the Recession, that sentiment has diminished, as evidenced by our November 'next emerging neighborhood' poll, in which the South Side 'hood netted just 9 percent of the vote. Earlier this week, a reader sent us a handful of photos documenting new development around the neighborhood. According to the tipster, Park Boulevard might break ground on a multi-unit rental building at State and 36th Pl. this spring. They also tell us that undeveloped land at 35th and Dearborn will likely be used for retail (perhaps a grocery store), instead of mid-rise condos. We haven't been able to reach Park Boulevard for comment, but we'll follow up on that soon. At 17 W. 35th — also part of Park Boulevard — a pizza shop has opened its doors, to go with the Starbucks and Jimmy Johns. Just to the west, construction workers are finishing a new 35th Street Metra station, which could open as early as May. To the east (in Douglas, actually), construction is in full-swing on the new 31st Street Marina.
· Complete Curbed Chicago coverage of Bronzeville [Curbed Chicago]
· Poll: What Will Be Chicago's Next Emerging Neighborhood? [Curbed Chicago]