Since the late 1960s the South Side’s painted walls have been quietly teaching us lessons in our local history. Yet time and neglect have allowed these murals and their lessons to fade from of the public eye. To recognize and raise awareness of wall art as a striking form of collective expression, the South Side Community Art Center hosted a wall art tour last Saturday.
by Ruben Montiel •
To walk around Pilsen is to walk around a vibrant neighborhood–dictated not by a sense of delineated borders, but by the sense of a multitude of people sharing a space in common. On any given afternoon, you’ll see mothers walking to get their schoolchildren, hipsters sauntering out of cheap Mexican diners, street vendors with carts full of fruit, and a gamut of small business hawking everything from car insurance to prom dresses. On weekends, you won’t come across the typical bar-going crowds, but will find artists dining at Decolores or young couples shopping at the local grocery store. In short, for all the talk of gentrification and the decline of the arts in Pilsen, it’s important to remember that it is, above all things, a neighborhood–people actually live here.