Pilsen: Where change is underfoot

There are 7 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 5, 2009, titled Pilsen: Where change is underfoot. 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 ...

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Chicago Tribune.

JesseJacksonJr

Chicago, IL

#1 Mar 6, 2009
How does Alderman Solis get away with the not-so-subtle racism he's spewing? I really have to ask. The people setting up businesses in his neighborhood are primarily ones that are not of Mexican descent. Imagine if any other alderman in this city set out to preserve an Irish, Italian or Polish community, and made no bones about saying so in plain English?

Pilsen is for everyone.
Mikala Mrotz

Chicago, IL

#2 Mar 6, 2009
The whole semiotic of the institutional graffiti used by the City in the name of "civic improvement" is uncivil and no different than the Young Lords graffiti which was painted across facades during an earlier era to intimidate non-Latino residents to move out. It warns, stay out, this is ours. I believe this whole belief structure which relies on tenuous historiography to "claim" turf in the name of culture is bankrupt and will not accomplish the "goals" expressed in the exclusionary planning document referrred to in the article.

It is difficult to compare such cohesive linguistically seperate areas like Chinatown or Argyle to an area such as Pilsen, that while having many who speak the European language Spanish, is not linguistically seperate from those of many other descents. For that matter Mexico itself is hardly a monoethnic bloc but rather a multicultural society with influences from Mongolian to Spanish and African to German much as the United States continues to de-ethnicize and grow more mixed race. Race, National Origin, and ethnicity are old constructs which will continue to become more irrelevant in the future as cuisines and cultural traditions continue to converge into the blessed stew of grace that is the United States of America.

Now would someone from Chinatown please run for Alderman, please!
Joe Zekas

Winnetka, IL

#3 Mar 6, 2009
Miceli's Deli is in Pilsen? Who knew?

Not the girls at Miceli's - they'd spit out their drinks if anyone suggested that to them. You can see the girls in this video:



The video was shot in Heart of Italy / Heart of Chicago. You can see a playlist of not-Ilsen / Heart of Chicago videos here:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list...
Joe Zekas

Winnetka, IL

#4 Mar 6, 2009
Sorry - not-Pilsen.
Juan A

Cambridge, MA

#5 Mar 6, 2009
Sorry, but murals are really part of what gives a neighborhood its character and identity. I have no problem with communities trying to preserve their history and express it through signs and murals. In fact, that's what makes the different neighborhoods of Chicago so interesting and unique.

I think the work being done in Pilsen is really interesting for this fact - it even has people returning and working to preserve that culture instead of abandoning it for the suburbs. What I don't appreciate are gentrifiers who, upon moving in, ignore the history of the place and isolate themselves from the community.
Mikala Mrotz

Chicago, IL

#6 Mar 7, 2009
Character? Painting on walls and marking turf by placing Aztec calendars in cement is a sad semiotic of those with an insecure identity.
Gentrifiers? "Ignoring the history" who would you be referring to? The Latino culture which trampled on the Slavic? Who built the place? Who's history are you talking about? What country do you live in? Certainly not ours where tearing down the past and building anew is a national sport. "interesting work"? Where do you get the idea that my culture, my heritage, my Pilsen, the culture that built the place is something to spit on with a word, "gentrifiers" while your is relevant? Why do you believe your history in Pilsen takes precedence over mine which came first? Arrogant arse.
muppieyuppiewupp ie

Chicago, IL

#8 Mar 7, 2009
It is very interesting how this article appears now, with everything that is going on in Pilsen...

1. The Alderman is suppose to represent all of the 25th Ward, not just the "muppies". How about University Village? The Art District?

2. If Maya Solis symbolizes the new Pilsen resident, does that mean we all get a piece of the pie when it comes to her father's money. Her 'consulting' is far from reasonably priced, and as far as I know, she is the only resident who receives her income from an Alderman (ie taxpayers)

3. Where is all the TIF money going??? The Pilsen infrastructure is slowly deteriorating and vacant lots and buildings are everywhere.

Accountability and transparency: http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosur...

We all need to take some action and hold our elected officials accountable, who represent our community and are paid for by our tax dollars!

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Chinatown Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Police: Missing woman with brain injury may be ... May 3 reality is a crutch 1
News The Best of Chicago: What to see and do in Chicago (May '14) May '14 joey 2
News The Taxi Ride Every Chicagoan Must Take (Mar '14) Apr '14 iride401 2
News Chicago celebrates Chinese New Year of the Hors... (Feb '14) Feb '14 joey 5
the hottest place to be tonight (Sep '13) Sep '13 Catina Barick 1
News Asian-Americans hope new caucus will restore clout (Jul '13) Jul '13 1 Korean American 11
News Kassopedia, the only urban dictionary you'll ev... (Feb '12) Feb '12 Bluebonnets-Thistle 2
More from around the web

Chinatown People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]