‘A stranger in my own community’: Mixed feelings as young Latinos move back to gentrifying Chicago neighborhoods

Houses are seen on West Diversey Avenue in Logan Square. In 19 years, the Logan Square neighborhood has lost 20,000 Latino residents. (Kristen Norman/for the Chicago Tribune)



Rocio Velazquez Kato, 34, is her ancestor’s wildest dream come true; a first-generation American, first-generation college graduate, immigration policy analyst at the Latino Policy Forum, licensed attorney, wife, mother, and as of this spring, a homeowner.

Velazquez Kato and her husband had previously owned a River North high-rise condo, but as she explained, “owning a piece of air” was vastly different and not nearly as impressive to her immigrant family. Owning a house, for immigrants, she says, goes beyond even the American dream. “You own a piece of America; you are a part of America.......

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