Humboldt Park is changing, but it's Not for Sale

UrbanTheater Company’s production uses humor and empathy to offer a range of perspectives on gentrification.

Sara Carranza directs the world premiere of Guadalís Del Carmen’s play about gentrification in Humboldt Park. On the stretch of Division Street between the distinctive steel Puerto Rican flags, a store owner struggles to pay his property taxes, a local alderman must balance the needs of longtime residents and newcomers, a real estate agent tries to present himself as lifting up the place he grew up rather than just being another opportunist as many suspect, a young white couple moves in and tries to remake the block to suit themselves without considering what’s already there, and young activists try to push back with strident slogans but few substantive ideas to keep the neighborhood theirs.…

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