Chinatown: A 'hidden jewel' worth seeking
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#1 Jun 26, 2009
The map in the print edition of the Tribune is grossly inaccurate, showing the neighborhood starting at 26th Street and going south all the way to 39th Street. In reality, the neighborhood begins as far north as 18th Street with Chinese food warehouses and grocery stores, has a whole new residential and commercial district north of Cermak (hardly mentioned in the story) and includes the historic Chinatown from the gateway at Cermak to about 25th, where I-55 crosses over. Residential development and some stores then continue south into Bridgeport.
Shame on the Tribune for lacking the basic editorial oversight (and real estate knowledge) to get that map right.
#2 Jun 26, 2009
What the hell, everything else is now made in china
#3 Jun 26, 2009
This article lacks depth and is grossly biased. Nowhere does it contain voices of low-income Chinese Americans and recent immigrants, which represent majority of Chinese residents in Chinatown, bridgeport, mckinley park areas. They move to bridgeport, mckinley park and even brighton park not by choice but force. Like in Pilsen, this is pure and simple gentrification. They are forced to live far away from work, from social services and their children travel hour to 2 hours to get to school. This article is incredibly disappointing and inaccurate and further reinforces the stereotype of well-off, problem-free Chinese Americans.
#4 Jun 27, 2009
I find it interesting that it's alright for Chinese to buy and sell real estate among themselves. When the Czechs did it in Lawndale, it was called racism.
In fact, HUD (Housing and Urban Devt.) characterized the Irish, Italian, Czech, Polish, German, Lithuanian,etc. ethnic immigrant neighborhoods of Chicago as "discriminatory". Hence the destruction of white ethnic enclaves through block-busting, forced school bussing, etc.
GOOD for the Chinese! I sincerely hope that they can keep their community for a long time!
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