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Today's Curious City column takes an incisive look at neighborhood divisions on a block-by-block basis. South Shore is the Guinea Pig where meanderings, local interviews, and expert observation are joined for a sense of physical and social divisions perpetrated by factors other than race. Rentals compete with single-family homes; casual access to the affluent Jackson Park Highlands is discouraged by cul-de-sacs and foreboding pedestrian malls; and middle-class towers with private beaches limit inland residents' lake access. Strong community associations and engaged landlords also help determine which blocks successfully ward off crime and decay. Read on! [WBEZ, photo: Flickr via WBEZ]