The area is dominated by the expansive Southard Industrial Park in the south of the neighborhood, which provides jobs for many residents of Gracy Heights and Guiness Lake. The facilities are often shut down for short periods due to the mishandling of chemical byproducts.
North of the industrial park lies Southard's residential area, largely populated by those unable to afford to move elsewhere. Workers at the plants make just enough money to afford housing in the surrounding neighborhoods, so the direct neighbors of the Southard plants reap only the detrimental effects of their location.
Compounding these problems, a number of structures have collapsed from disuse and, lacking any sign of renovation, have become shelters for transient and criminal elements.