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The Yuppie-Woman Who Gentrified My Mind
This is one of the most interesting first blog posts that I have read on ActiveRain.
 
      In the early 1980's you could already sense the neighborhood was changing. We noticed people selling homes in the late 70's, the new owners spending a ton of money to fix them up.  I can even remember my parents saying, "they're taking a big chance moving here. Do they really think their homes will be worth much more spending so much?" I grew up in the Lake View neighborhood. South Lake View to be more specific, close to the Lincoln Park/Lake View border. Our neighborhood was full of working class people. There were big ethnic groups then, Puerto Ricans, Italians, Greeks, Cubans, Mexicans. There were many third and fourth generation of Swedish and Germans still living in the neighobrhood, along with Irish as well. It was a unique time to grow up. Evenings were different then. Some people did go home and quickly turn on the TV, but many others sat in front of their homes or apartments, because our neighbors were the entertainment. We played baseball in the middle of the street, and on occassion someone picked up the bat,  announce himslef as ... more

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