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Changing face of Pilsen

Changing face of Pilsen

In the 1990s, Pilsen was known as a neighborhood not safe to walk through at night, highlighted by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority naming it a hot spot for gang violence in 1992. Now, just 20 years later, Pilsen is known as a trendy neighborhood, that residents say has been completely redefined by gentrification. […]

Governor Announces Winner of Gigabit Competition on South Side

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Governor Announces Winner of Gigabit Competition on South Side

A D.C.-based technology company will bring high-speed Internet service to Chicago’s underserved communities, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) announced Tuesday at a church in Woodlawn on the city’s South Side. The company, Gigabit Squared, was among the first winners in the Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge. The Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge is a statewide competition working […]

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Pilsen’s Quality Of Life Plan For Murals Questioned By Residents

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Pilsen’s Quality Of Life Plan For Murals Questioned By Residents

Six years after the Pilsen Planning Committee implemented a quality of life plan to improve the neighborhood, Pilsen’s murals have yet to be restored, disappearing every year and being replaced by what muralist in the community call “cartoonish advertisements.” Originally introduced in November 2006, Pilsen’s Quality of Life plan proposed five strategies to build a […]

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Wicker Park, Energetic At Night, Slow Start In The Mornings

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Wicker Park, Energetic At Night, Slow Start In The Mornings

Closed gates and barren streets are the backdrop to the morning scene of Wicker Park, ranked 4th on Forbes list of “America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhood.” With the occasional wandering customer waiting for the any storefront doors to open, Wicker Park remained desolate. For a place known for its busy nightlife, the morning hours are often […]

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