But foreclosure has hit the neighborhood hard, and many homes remain boarded up. Foreclosures have particularly affected condominiums in the area, said Zeke Morris, managing broker at Bronzeville’s Keller Williams Realty. “Bronzeville is trying to recover, but we’re still saddled with foreclosures,” Morris said.
Despite the struggles it faces, Bronzeville remains vibrant thanks to residents’ efforts. In the spring, the Bronzeville Community Garden provides a venue for residents to grow food for the community. “Everything we grow is free for the community,” says garden manager Latrice Williams. “The crops we have in our garden, they’re all planted and maintained by our staff, which is mostly volunteers.”