Economics/Class Relations

Coronavirus spares one neighborhood but ravages the next. Race and class spell the difference.

By Grace Hauck, Mark Nichols, Miriam Marini and Andrew Pantazi, USA TODAY Network

USA Today

CHICAGO — Train tracks run above the intersection of Kinzie Street and Ashland Avenue, two major streets that meet on Chicago’s West Side. On one corner of the intersection, there’s a trampoline park and new brewery. On the opposite corner, empty buildings for lease.

In one direction, a ZIP code relatively unscathed by the coronavirus outbreak. In the other, a community decimated by the disease. One mostly white, with six-figure incomes the norm. One mostly minority and earning much slimmer paychecks.


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