Hundreds march along 606 Trail to protest rising rents in Logan Square

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Hundreds marched Tuesday night, saying the gentrification of Logan Square is forcing them from their homes. (WLS)

The 606 Trail is just about to celebrate its one-year anniversary, but some don't see the popular elevated bike path as a good thing.

Hundreds marched Tuesday night, saying the gentrification of Logan Square is forcing them from their homes. They claim the popularity of the elevated bike path is driving up rent.

The Logan Square Neighborhood Association calls it a double-edged sword.

"The 606 Trail, for example, it's helped the community, but at same time, it's driving out families that can't afford to be here anymore," said Mike Saelens, a Logan Square resident.

The group is proposing property tax rebates for low-income families living near the trail.

"It's going to require action at the state level, at the county level, and the city level," said Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th Ward.

Business owners argue The 606 is providing a big boost to their bottom line.

"A lot more people coming by, they pass by, at least to get some water," said Mohammed Guemmi, a store employee.

"The 606 has been great, to be honest. It has brought up a lot of people's rent, but it also has brought peace and gathering for people," said Kathy Cepeda, a longtime Logan Square resident.

The Logan Square Neighborhood Association claims 19,000 Latinos have been displaced from Logan Square since 2000. They hope there's a way to both improve the neighborhood, while allowing working class families to stay.
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