Greater Grand Crossing, Chicago

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Greater Grand Crossing is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois. It is located on the city's South Side.

The name "Grand Crossing" comes from an 1853 right-of-way feud between the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway and the Illinois Central Railroad that led to a frog war and a crash that killed 18 people.[1] This led Mayor Roswell B. Mason to illegally construct railroad tracks across another railroad company's tracks.

During the 1950s, the Black population of the neighborhood rose from 6% to 86%. Today, the neighborhood is 97% Black.

The Red Line of the CTA travels to Greater Grand Crossing.

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  1. "Greater Grand Crossing". www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org. Retrieved 2016-01-15.