1. Uptown (click on the link for the overview) 2. Rogers Park 3. Hyde Park 4. Bridgeport 5. Albany Park 6. Edgewater 7. New City 8. West Ridge 9. Near West Side 10. West Town
However, a reader finds the study to be slightly biased, citing comments like: "Uptown’s ranking testifies to the powerful forces that have reshaped it over the past decade. In this neighborhood, institutions struggle to meet the needs of its heterogeneous population, and residents have been pushing hard for policies to protect the supply of affordable housing, which is diminishing as a result of investments catering to upper-income groups."
He goes on:
"Overall, this is interesting, and there is some credence in what is being presented; however, without the specific index scoring results, the report is somewhat incomplete (ie - what is the Herfindahl index result for Uptown? This number will reveal the concentration of the different income levels).
The report mentions that the neighborhoods ranged in the Herfindahl scoring between .35 and .55 without publishing the neighbor-specific results. I'm willing to wager that Uptown swings in at the .55, which would indicate a higher concentration of low-income people.
It's a nit, but based on the stated positives of income diversity (via early stages of gentrification), if Uptown is at the top of the low-income mix, and more low income is added into the ward (ahem - Wilson Yard), the ranking will trend downward; taking with it the prize of "diversity" as well as the local economy (which is far from robust, at present [ for the last 20+ years).
The report mentions positives related to "early stages" of gentrification; but, fails to address how the "late stages" of gentrification add to, or detract from, the overall goal of "diversity".
Then there's this line which casts the whole thing into a weird light and could lead the heavily suspicious into seeing this report as little more than a PR tool:
Page 3: "Today, diversity is widely seen as one the city’s most enduring features. In April 2008, Mayor Richard M. Daley cited it as being instrumental to the city’s Olympic bid, declaring 'We welcome immigrants from other lands as we have for generations. Out of our diversity comes our city’s greatest strength.'"
Note to Daley: You could have easily replaced "immigrants" with "people"."