Update: Some constructive dialogue is happening on our Facebook post. Join the convo!


Originally posted 5/27/2015, 10:06 a.m.

Two historic Latino, working-class neighborhoods in Chicago are fighting for survival and there is growing backlash for speaking out against gentrification, spearheaded by some business owners and financially better-off new residents:

• A few days ago we shared a thread on Everyblock that named and called to boycott Humboldt Park (esp. Puerto Rican) businesses that took a stand against gentrification and Riot Fest and/or supported Ald. Maldonado.

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• There is another heated convo going on for a Pilsen event that was cancelled after backlash for naming and accusing some businesses of gentrification.

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Gozamos wants to hear your take on gentrification.

  • Why is it acceptable to say gentrification exists but inexcusable to name businesses contributing to gentrification?
  • When you accuse a business of gentrification, what specific criteria are you using?
  • Is gentrification a strictly black&white issue that can be labeled “good” or “bad”?
  • Does gentrification let government off the hook by promoting infighting between community members instead of holding government responsible for economic inequality and social justice issues in these neighborhoods?
  • How do college-educated Latinos, Latino business owners, and financially better-off Latinos contribute to the problem? How can they contribute to the solution?
  • Why is gentrification happening so much in Pilsen and Humboldt Park and not, say, Little Village?

NOTE: While most businesses gentrifying neighborhoods are white-owned, you don’t have to be white to gentrify a neighborhood. If your business or events are consistently not affordable to the majority of people in the neighborhood, you are a gentrifier.

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