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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.

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

Pilsen?

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iagreewithurbanpolitician March 13, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Pilsen is actually happening.

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