The featured graphic above, using information collected from Chicago City of Learning, shows the number of learners and number of learning programs by Chicago neighborhood. It essentially shows where learners live versus where learning programs are offered.
This graphic shows that there are a lot of learners who live on the southside of Chicago, yet most of learning programs in Chicago are offered downtown or on the wealthier northside. It shows where so-called programming “deserts” exist. It also shows that many learners in Chicago have to travel far out of their neighborhood, requiring significant time and money, to get learning opportunities.
Seeing that there is a relative lack of opportunity in places like the southside of Chicago is not revelatory, however it does clarify exactly what the design challenges are. How can we create more learning programs in these neighborhoods? How can we utilize technology and the internet to bring learning there? How can we address issues of transportation to make it easier for young people to get to learning opportunities?