Downtown, LP, LakeView, Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park.
The proximity to the Lake, access to LSD and access to EL & Bus Lines is just as good in Uptown, Edgewater and Rogers Park, except ofcourse they are further away from the Loop. Each community has its own mini business districts as well. Especially w/ Uptown I believe value opportunities exist and many young professionals seeking reasonable rents and/or purchases are headed here.
I won't be running for alderman in that area by the way. lol.
In my opinion uptown is back on the upswing. You have the Sonic going in on Wilson and Kenmore. It is just a matter of time before the luxury highrise rentals by JDL are approved on the Maryville property located on Clarendon and Montrose. Ah and lets not forget the Wilson stop renovations which starts this spring.
So yes I would say uptown is on the upswing and while people look at the negatives they forget how Old Town, Pars of Lincoln Park, and Lakeview were back in the day and it seemed people were more willing to move into those area when they were blighted with problems that could be resolved with verve.