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Remembering the panic in Wicker Park

by Joe Zekas on 3/5/14

Nearly twenty years ago the Reader published a lengthy look at Wicker Park’s gentrification battles.

Wicker Park has undergone great change in the past twenty years, and whatever anti-gentrification sentiment remains isn’t acted out as dramatically as it often was in the 90s.

Is there any Chicago neighborhood today where the possibility of gentrification provokes as intense a reaction as it did in Wicker Park in 1994?

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Mike March 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Some of the local gangbangers and welfare queens are doing anything and everything to prevent gentrification in Uptown. I guess they see teenagers shooting each other outside of the local McDonalds as acceptable behavior. Thankfully the local alderman was replaced with someone competent at the last election.


the urban politician March 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM



iagreewithurbanpolitician March 13, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Pilsen is actually happening.


writeraddict April 24, 2015 at 9:59 PM

Logan Square


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