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Population Shift, Interstate Construction, and Manufacturing Decline

The people were doing well, but the neighborhood had a tough road ahead. As people became more successful, they bought cars and moved east. They no longer needed to live near their work. Construction of the Interstate did not help matters, and many manufacturing plants moved overseas or were hindered by new environmental regulations. Jobs left, and so did the people. South Side fell into decline. What was once home to proud immigrant communities was now home to dilapidated houses and rental properties.