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Photos: Hundreds Blocked The 606 Trail To Protest Gentrification And Displacement

By Rachel Cromidas in News on May 18, 2016 3:44PM

With the threat of displacement bearing down on longtime working-class residents of Chicago's gentrifying Northwest Side neighborhoods, hundreds of activists brought traffic on The 606 trail to a standstill Tuesday evening in protest.

The activists, lead by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, used caution tape to block off a stretch of the elevated trail, re-routing eastbound joggers and cyclists. Our photographer Tyler LaRiviere watched the group, which included many parents and students from nearby Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School, drop banners calling for more affordable housing over North Kedzie Avenue and North Humboldt Drive. One woman carried a large sign that asked, "Now that the neighborhood is nice, why do I have to move?"

Affordable housing is becoming a more pressing issue for Logan Square, Humboldt Park and surrounding areas as rents, property values and property taxes soar—particularly around the tony Bloomingdale Trail, which was overhauled last year and re-opened as The 606.