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"La Villita" enjoys population, retail surge

In the 1970s, Little Village, or La Villita, became home to a growing Latino population as many Mexican and Mexican-Americans moved west from Pilsen, Chicago ’s principal port-of-entry for Mexican immigrants. La Villita has gained more than 30,000 residents since 1960 to reach 91,071 in the 2000 census, the highest ever. While 13 percent are African American, up from 9 percent in 1990, it is still predominantly Latino, with 83 percent Latino residents.

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A safe place to play 2/19/2013

Health and fitness are significant issues in neighborhoods throughout the city, rich and poor alike. In Pilsen, Little Village, Brighton Park, Woodlawn, Chicago Lawn and South Chicago, neighborhood organizations, with LISC Chicago and NCP, will soon embark on another season of PlayStreets, in which streets are temporarily closed to traffic to allow residents to participate in organized fitness activities.

Altgeld Park, Little Village gain green fields 11/1/2012

Funders, neighborhood partners work to turn grass and dirt playlots into football, soccer field.

For an instant, city streets become neighborhood playgrounds 10/12/2012

PlayStreets periodically closes off streets in Pilsen, Little Village, Brighton Park, Woodlawn, Chicago Lawn and South Chicago to provide safe, supervised space with organized sports, fitness and dancing programs. The aim is to reduce childhood obesity.

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Enlace Chicago

Main office 2756 S. Harding Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: 773 542-9233
Fax: 773 542-9241
Education Office 2757 S. Keeler Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: 773 522-2773
Violence Prevention Office 2300 S. Millard Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: 773 320-0367

Michael D. Rodriguez
Executive Director

Alheli Herrera
NCP organizer

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