One of the things I love most about Chicago is the character of its neighborhoods. Ukrainian Village, where I reside, is considered an "up and coming" area in transition with hot real estate deals, hip coffee shops, funky bars, and a blend of cultures.
However, its Ukrainian locals are a reminder of the history that clings. It is not uncommon to meet uncomfortable eyes on the street. A sort of silent, social standoff shared in many rapidly changing communities each day. And as unfamiliar languages surround, we must wonder:
Who exactly is the foreigner?
Gentrification readily juxtaposes the affluent with the afflicted. From posh shops to row house vacancies. Designer handbags to designer drugs.
However true, focusing on the extremes tends to overshadow the veiled grey areas in between.