Forgotten Illinois: Once Thriving Harvey, Illinois Is in a State of Disrepair with Businesses Moving Out

Illinois Policy: How to fix a broken city in a broken state.

Facing severe financial problems, Harvey failed to fund its police and fire pensions from 2010 to 2013, paying just $140 of $10.1 million required contributions.

In the 2010 United States Census, Harvey population was 25,282. Among non-Hispanics this includes 913 White (3.6%), 19,046 Black (75.3%), 199 Asian (0.8%), 33 Native American, and 267 from two or more races. The Hispanic or Latino population included 4,799 people (19.0%).

According to the 2010 US Census, median income for a household in the City of Harvey was $31,958, and the median income for a family was $35,378. Males reported a median income of $30,610. Females reported a median income of $25,248. The per capita income for the City of Harvey was $12,336. About 20.3% of families and 21.7% of the population were reported below the poverty line, broken down to 27.8% of those under age 18, and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.

The Dixie Square Mall, was abandoned in November 1978. Filmmakers of The Blues Brothers obtained a permit to shoot the scene involving a car chase inside the shopping mall in Harvey. The filmmakers remodeled part of the mall and simulated retail activity for the film scene for two days. After filming was completed, the mall was boarded up and closed again.

Harvey is bordered by Dixmoor and Riverdale to the north; Dolton, Phoenix, and South Holland to the east; East Hazel Crest to the south; and Hazel Crest, Markham and Posen to the west.

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