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Is Lakeview still an Irish neighborhood?


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2004-12-19 21:45:33
2004-12-19 21:45:33

No, it's not. It's filled with Young Urban Professionals (YUPPIE's) of all nationalities. Very expensive to live there now. If you own property where you bought it in the "old days", you are sitting on a gold mine. That neighborhood has gone through many changes. I know, I grew up there and my family continues to live there. Hope this answers your question! Sorry to inform that Lakeview is neither Irish nor affordable nor the friendly place it was when I moved there in 1987. As recent as the early 1990's East Lakeview was written up in the Chicago Reader as the most class diverse, ethnically diverse, lifestyle diverse neighborhood in the city. It had an energy and community at that time. As often is the case, the paradise of the working class is coveted by the rich, and those who could have afforded to live anywhere pushed out those who had found an affordable cosmopolitan haven. There are good memories of Lakeview as you may have too. Fortunatley there are other neighborhoods that are now what Lakeview was. Lake View was never an Irish neighborhood. Chicago Irish neighborhoods are all on the south side. There are still quite a few South Side Irish neighborhoods today.

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