The difference in life expectancy between somebody living downtown versus neighborhoods on the South and West Sides can be up to 30 years, which is the largest gap in the country.

“We all want the same things, but our access to those things is not the same,” said Robbin Carroll, founder of I Grow Chicago in the Englewood neighborhood. “And that is what alters our life expectancy and the quality of our lives.”

The assumption is that crime pushes the life expectancy down in these neighborhoods, but research has shown that this is not the case. Rather the main causes of death that causes premature mortality is heart disease and cancer.