The concept of a “willing suspension of disbelief” is credited to Samuel Taylor Coleridge from the year 1817. Wikipedia summarizes it thus:
… if a writer could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative.
You can draw your own conclusions regarding the relevance of that concept to the sporadically-recurring narrative that traces back decades and tags Pilsen as Chicago’s next hot neighborhood.
Here’s a sample from a current Craigslist ad:
Pilsen is the new HOT neighborhood in our city! With all of the new shops, cafés, boutiques, restaurants and bars, who wouldn’t want to live in this beautiful area?
And another, from a recent Redfin report:
Pilsen has experienced a lot of commercial revitalization. Thalia Hall, which dates from the 1890s, was restored in 2013 as multi-use space that includes a restaurant, bar and concert venue. The 2nd Fridays Gallery Night along the Chicago Arts District is always popular, as is the Sunday farmers market. Add in easy access to the Pink line, the Metra, the Stevenson and the Dan Ryan and you have a still-affordable neighborhood with great transit options, in close proximity to the loop.
Tune out the narrative and visit Pilsen. Spend some time there, and draw your own conclusions about whether Pilsen is “the next hot neighborhood.”
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