Walking in to Edwards Fashion along Michigan Avenue in Roseland feels like a different era as a chandelier lights a selection of men’s suits.
The Edwards family opened the men’s clothing store at 11363 S. Michigan Ave. in the 1970s and has watched the once-thriving neighborhood fall into decline amid rising crime and violence.
“I’ve seen when Roseland was Roseland, as they say, the heyday,” said Ledall Edwards, who runs the store with his brother. “A lot of businesses, a lot of variety of stores and services. It practically evaporated.”
After years of disinvestment, vacant storefronts and empty lots can be seen along the Far South Side neighborhood’s stretch of once-bustling South Michigan Avenue. Things have deteriorated to the point the area was listed by Preservation Chicago last year as one of the city’s “most endangered places.”
There have been discussions among city officials and civic and business groups for years…