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pilsen anti-gentrification debate renewed after graffiti incident

months after two pilsen restaurants were tagged with anti-gentrification graffiti — a flashpoint in a long-simmering problem — community organizers, activists and business owners are having tough conversations about how to move forward, but tension remains high.“what happened (to s.k.y.), i never want that to happen again,” said stephen gillanders, executive chef and co-owner of the contemporary american restaurant, one of the two businesses hit, “but all the good that came from it, frankly, made it worth it.”late last october in pilsen, anti-gentrification sentiments boiled over with racially charged slang graffiti spray-painted on s.k.y. and high-end pub dusek’s, both at 18th and allport streets. in big black letters, both restaurants were tagged, with "yt ppl outta pilsen" on s.k.y.’s brick wall, and "get out" on dusek's window. no one has claimed responsibility for the graffiti.that night, community group chiresists posted two meme-style photos on facebook, one of the graffiti on dusek’s and another of a family being evicted in logan square. the captions read, “when ppl care more about graffiti, than they care about the economic instability and displacement created by gentrification.”the graffiti renewed conversations about pilsen, its communities and increased development in recent years. those discussions may ultimately provide a guide for other communities experiencing change in the midst of political, immigration and housing insecurities. si...