Rubber Meets the Road

As I’ve managed to go through a long list of Chicago’s famous buildings, I’ve also been looking into the demographic of Chicago to try to see if the diversity matches up against the amount of buildings from differing styles.
All in all, the diversity of Chicago is pretty wide. In the 2010 census, it was found that 32% of Chicago was black, with 45.3% were white (including Hispanic white), 5% Asian, and 3% were interracial. In comparison to other cities, this is pretty vast. 28% of the population is Hispanic, and is home to more than 35 ethnic groups. “While most of Chicago and its surrounding residential areas are generally regarded as being somewhat racially segregated, the city’s unique culture arises from its being a melting pot, with nearly even percentages of European Americans and African Americans as well as sizable populations of Hispanics and Asians,” according to its Wikipedia page.

This is similar to the makeup of Chicago’s architecture. Over 15 styles of architecture are spread throughout the city, with buildings of different shapes, sizes, colors, and heights standing next to one another. Aside from Marina Bay and other twin buildings, most buildings stand contrasting one another. That was one of the coolest things about the entire city: everything was unique, there were hardly two buildings, people, food stands, or even music that was alike.

The ethnic and diverse makeup of the people is definitely reflected by the diverse buildings which tower from above. This serves as an example of just how much architecture and our environment plays a role in people and its population. A place with cookie cutter buildings would surely have less diversity than a place with different buildings because it subconsciously allows a freedom of expression that can some times feels oppressed without being outright.


Author: internetrachael

Rachael is a junior at Keene State College with a major in Management and a minor in American Studies. She's the president of a co-ed social fraternity on campus, and when she isn't working or at school she enjoys sewing and sculpting. Her blog is based off of an experimental teaching style: open pedagogy.

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