During the last couple of weeks I’ve been in touch with a couple of residents of the Logan Square neighborhood and in gathering my list of sources, I wanted to get a diverse group of voices which could speak to the ever changing landscape of the neighborhood. In order to gain a better sense of the good and the bad that comes with gentrification.
One of these voices is Caitlin Berg, a 33 year-old recent college grad who moved to Logan Square just a little over a year ago after having lived 5 years in the Lincoln Square neighborrhood.
Berg originally from Minnesota says she moved to Logan Square because of “how affordable rent is compared to other neighborhoods in the city.”
“After my lease ended in March 2012, I needed to find an apartment that allowed me to both live comfortably while at the same time leave a little extra money in my pocket to start paying off my college loans.”
“I love that Logan Square has that small town neighborhood feel right in the middle of the city, with cute little shops and bars such as ‘La Boulangerie’ which offers fresh baked French bread and Azucar Tapas a small little Tapas bar on Kedzie which is always full of locals.”
Berg says, that after her lease ended in March of 2012, she searched and searched in the Lincoln Square neighborhood and could not find anything within her price range.
She mentions, she had never imagined rent prices would be so high for a one bedroom apartment given she’d previously shared an apartment with three of her friends.
Berg says, she had heard a million different opinions as to whether or not she should move to Logan Square. However, she decided to take the plunge and experience things on her own after she set her eyes on a vintage 1 bedroom apartment on Schubert and Richmond.
“I love every minute so far that I’ve spent here. Location is great, the ‘El’ is near by. There are a ton of restaurants along Milwaukee and best of I am saving at least $300 per month on rent.”
It seems that for newly established residents of Logan Square such Berg, gentrification has actually made it much easier for them to make the decision to live in Logan Square. Offering new residents an array of new businesses that only keep growing and growing.
Now, I am looking to hear what it’s like for long time residents of the area. How have these changes and new businesses affected their way of live?
Stay tuned,as we explore the two side of gentrification within the Logan Square neighborhood.