WBEZ | Graffiti Zone http://www.wbez.org/tags/graffiti-zone Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The changing face of Humboldt Park http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-29/changing-face-humboldt-park-84417 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-29/Graffiti Zone community mural.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Humboldt Park has undergone big changes over the past decade or so. The neighborhood experienced a development rush starting in the late '90s. That bumped up housing prices and displaced some residents and small businesses. But now housing prices are in a free fall and the community is facing chronic problems with gangs, crime and litter-filled vacant lots.<br /><br /><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to get a ground-level sense of the different ways these shifting economic tides have changed what was once a predominantly Puerto Rican community.&nbsp;<em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> invited a long-standing and more recent member of Humboldt Park to WBEZ's West Side bureau for this conversation.<br /><br />Juan Rivera's been in the community for close to 30 years. He's the executive director of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lucha.org/">Latin United Community Housing Association</a> in Humboldt Park. And Jody Cooley, moved to Humboldt Park to live and work eight years ago; she's the executive director of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.graffitizone.org/Home_Page.php">Graffiti Zone</a>, a non-profit arts organization serving Humboldt Park.<br /><br />Graffiti Zone artwork will be featured in an Earth Day celebration at the&nbsp;Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.earthwineandfire.com/">Earth, Wine and Fire</a> on Friday April 22.</p><p><em>Music Button: Spanish Harlem Orchestra, &quot;Son de Corazon&quot;, from the CD Viva La Tradicion, (Concord) </em></p></p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-29/changing-face-humboldt-park-84417