The problem

From Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ’s series on gentrification: James Rudyk says affordability doesn’t mean housing values have to remain stagnant or that certain people or businesses should stay out. But…by definition, it kind of does, doesn’t it? If housing values don’t “remain stagnant,” then they’re growing. Another way of saying that housing values are growing is that Continue reading The problem

Jose Lopez and the Gentrification of Humboldt Park, Part 2

Note: This is the second half of a piece that began earlier this week. Which brings us to Lopez himself. For the moment, I’ll leave aside the question of whether or not his goals are “good”; I think I pretty much summarized my feelings in the last post, and I have a piece that takes Continue reading Jose Lopez and the Gentrification of Humboldt Park, Part 2

Jose Lopez and the Gentrification of Humboldt Park, Part 1

A few people have asked me what I think about Elly Fishman’s well-written Chicago Magazine feature on Humboldt Park anti-gentrification activist Jose Lopez. It’s hard to say. One thing that makes it hard is that it’s tough to know what you’re responding to; something Fishman does well, I think, is represent the feelings of people whose Continue reading Jose Lopez and the Gentrification of Humboldt Park, Part 1

Dear journalists/community groups/alderman: please report the demographics of your public meetings. Thank you!

A while ago, the Metropolitan Planning Council held a series of public meetings to get input on how a big parking lot next to the Logan Square Blue Line station should be redeveloped. There were a lot of interesting things about these meetings – MPC has a pretty cool process, which I don’t understand well Continue reading Dear journalists/community groups/alderman: please report the demographics of your public meetings. Thank you!