Citywide, whites and Blacks now have almost even numbers, with whites at 44% of the total and Blacks at 43%. In 2010, whites were 44% of the total, while Blacks were at 49%.
Among the black-majority north side neighborhoods losing the most population were Baden, which dropped 1,803 residents; O’Fallon, which lost 1,449, and Jeff-Vander-Lou, which declined by 1,348.
The city agency’s analysis was of census tract data released nationwide by the U.S. Census Bureau on Aug. 12. The local agency hasn’t produced ward-by-ward population data so far.
Alderman Joe Vollmer, who chairs the aldermanic Legislation Committee that will begin drawing the new ward lines, says he probably will begin holding public hearings next month.
But Vollmer, of the 10th Ward, plans to wait until data broken down by ward is available.
“We don’t want to screw it up,” Vollmer said. “What we set in place here is for generations to come.”
Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, a Black member of the committee from the 22nd Ward, said he believes “there will be a very concerted effort to make sure there’s racial balance.”
He described that as drawing maps in such a way that Black candidates have “a good fighting chance” of winning half of the 14 new ward aldermanic seats.
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