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An Upscale Coffee Shop That Doesn’t Jibe with Regular Joe

We have long chronicled stories at Renewal and Redevelopment about urban gentrification cases of the most visceral kind: Those cases where residents are displaced, banished to start anew in places they do not and have never called home. Gentrification “Lite” is when local residents aren’t forced to leave, but are forced to wake up and smell “new coffee”–and not the java they can afford. Convenience stores peddle affordable coffee as do fast-feeders like McDonald’s, which has a 16-ounce coffee as part of its Dollar Menu.  Dunkin’ Donuts is also regarded as reasonably priced. But when an upscale coffee shop plops itself down into a low- to moderate-income neighborhood, as it recently did in Chicago, it’s tantamount to acid reflux–painful in the wallet for locals who can’t afford a $3 to $4 cup of coffee. This happened in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhoodlocated south of downtown back in August when Bow Truss Coffee…Log In to Read Full Article

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