Community Profile: Pilsen, Chicago IL...

Community Profile: Pilsen, Chicago IL Real Estate

There are 3 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 6, 2009, titled Community Profile: Pilsen, Chicago IL Real Estate. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Granted, she is the alderman's daughter, but Maya Solis also symbolizes the new Pilsen resident - young, of Mexican descent and college-educated. Instead of dashing to the 'burbs after college, these new ...

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Amused

Chicago, IL

#1 Mar 13, 2009
yea well its very nice of you Solis to try to better the Pilsen area but you better do it before you face criminal charges! Remember your buddy Sanchez is on trial and then his little puppet Aaron is next.. Who knows what they will say about you. Remember everything comes out on the open just like your Monterrey Security business did.
Mark

Ottawa, Canada

#2 Apr 1, 2009
Just ate at the Nuevo Leon the other day while exploring Pilsen. It is a beautiful spot and the article offers great context.
Look at this Chicago

Lisle, IL

#3 Apr 26, 2009
1. I lived in Pilsen for the last 7 years before being given 30 days notice to leave (to be clear, my landlord was a mexican-american)last month. We had never been late with rent and were given no reason as to why but we could figure it out: his actions are good indicators of the gentrification going on in pilsen which is typically ascribed to white yuppies but is largely due to the mexican yuppies like himself described in the article. When people can get more money for their apts. you will be told to go - so much for commmunity. As for being Spanish speakers - We speak it.
2. We should ask ourselves not just who is buying in Pilsen, but who is it that is selling their buildings?
3. How are the poorer people and new immigrants being treated in pilsen? One family of neighbors lived in the coach house behind us, had rats and no heat - but nothing was done about it. They of course had no papers. This is repeated over and over.
4. so clearly incoming immigrants are not always being treated equally by many of their countrymen in Pilsen. Ask people and they will admit there is often a wide gulf between the two. Several neighbors would voice their prejudice readliy when asked how they felt about the new immigrants.
5.It has become a lazy easy explanation to blame unwanted changes in Pilsen on 'foreigners'(whites, blacks, etc). Of course Solis plays it both ways: He claims what he does is for the mexican-american community, but it is really for the business community. It's a clever tactic that will fool most residents as they are encouraged to point fingers elsewhere.
6.The article made a point to sell gentrification as a win-win for all. It failed to mention that for Solis and his kind, the poor, working-class and/or immigrant mexican is not his idea of the ideal future resident of Pilsen.
7. There are still many cool people and we had a great life in Pilsen and many friends. But let's not pretend that everything is happy happy simply because those with money are turning it into their playground as elsewhere in Chicago: a cultural renaissance is now underway because the yuppies and muppies are moving back or moving in?

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