neighborhoods : chinatown

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Some interesting things I discovered about Chicago's Chinatown recently: Chicago is the second oldest Chinese settlement in America after they began to flee California, the Nine Dragon Wall (Patrick has some super photos of on his Flickr) is one of only three replicas outside of China of the original in Beijing, and the original Chinatown was located about two miles north, but was relocated to it's southside spot in 1911. I've visited "Chinatown" neighborhoods in four other United States cities and they're all a little different. One of Chicago's standout features is certainly the two story "Chinatown Square" which boosts a number of different commercial businesses and restaurants and homes a small sculptural park of the twelve Chinese Zodiacs.

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View Patrick's Chinatown photos here and scroll down on the blog to view the past neighborhood's featured in our on-going project.

 

neighborhoods: avondale

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Patrick and I followed Albany Park with a visit to Avondale, also on Chicago's northwest side. The neighborhood has traditionally had a high Polish population though the 80's brought an influx of Hispanics to the area. In recent years, Avondale has begun to feel the effects of gentrification though still maintains a hold on a distinct "Eastern Europe meets Latin America" culture.

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Patrick's contributions can be found here.

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This is an ongoing project; Albany Park, Pilsen, & Humboldt Park can be found below. Chinatown will be the next stop on our agenda.

Rogers Park & Other Things

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I constantly find myself bring reminded how quickly time escapes (have you noticed this blog-wide theme?), this is not helped by the fact that more often than not, I have no idea what time or day or date it is.  I could almost be convinced that New Year's Eve was just two weeks ago because the memory seems so recent and so fresh that it feels impossible for ten and a half months to have passed.

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Is the increasingly unstoppable speed of time what growing up really is?

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Regardless, I have worked myself into and out of a bit of a rut the past month. I had a steady flow of inspiration but a very consistent lack of motivation, it was nothing that a bit of will power couldn't turn around.  Now that I'm up and at 'em again, I've begun work at a project that has been on my mind since moving to Chicago over four years ago and has changed format a few times, with the intention remaining the same. The focus of the project is that of the neighborhood I've lived in exclusively during my time in this city: Rogers Park. Before moving to Chicago, I was totally unaware of the neighborhoods and how the city was divided up. It just never occurred to me. My at-the-time boyfriend and I spent a great deal of time trying to decide on apartments while he was abroad and I, though at a close five hours away, had absolutely no idea what I was looking at. Through the help of a friend, we secured a tiny place in Rogers Park.

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Then my research began. I became obsessed with the neighborhood--reading about every single documented business, learning the history, discovering the neighborhood landmarks. I knew before even stepping foot within it's boundaries that I was going to fall in love with Rogers Park. It is way up north, it does have a bit of shady history, and it's certainly not as gentrified as the others. But it's incredibly diverse; in fact it's one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the entire country. And it's beautiful, stunningly so. I could go on and on about how wonderful it is, truthfully. Though the words won't do it justice. For the past four years, this neighborhood has provided ample inspiration and a safe haven, and all I want to do is reciprocate by showing the subtle pieces that create this amazing Chicago anomaly.

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In the meantime, here are some other things to check out.

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I participated in a RAW event at  Double Door in Chicago and my video interview from the evening is up here.

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As I mentioned in the previous post, I was at the House of Blues Chicago for the Giving Tree Band's album release show. *Most* of the photos are up on Flickr; I'm still working on processing and scanning in the film but those should be up soon as well.

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I took a road trip to Memphis with my brother in September and absolutely fell head over heals for the whole city. I was absorbing so much of it that I didn't take a great number of photos but what I did take, you can see here.

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That's all for now, there isn't any more.

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