Monday, August 21, 2006

CHICAGO'S DEVON AVENUE IN THE NEWS

Caca scoops The New York Times. Again.

Neil MacFarquhar's piece in today's paper about Pakistani enclaves in the US is centered on Chicago's Little India, where Saturday's Indian Independence Day parade took place:

CHICAGO, Aug. 18 — The stretch of Devon Avenue in North Chicago also named for Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, seems as if it has been transplanted directly from that country. The shops are packed with traditional wedding finery, and the spice mix in the restaurants’ kebabs is just right.

Businesses on Devon Avenue in Chicago, like an Islamic bookstore, attract a large Pakistani clientele.

Similar enclaves in Britain have been under scrutiny since they have proved to be a breeding ground for cells of terrorists, possibly including the 24 men arrested recently as suspects in a plot to blow up airliners flying out of London.

Yet Devon Avenue is in many ways different. Although heavily Pakistani, the street is far more exposed to other cultures than are similar communities in Britain.

Indian Hindus have a significant presence along the roughly one-and-a-half-mile strip of boutiques, whose other half is named for Gandhi. What was a heavily Jewish neighborhood some 20 years ago also includes recent immigrants from Colombia, Mexico and Ukraine, among others....

2 comments:

  1. We pronounce thee a honorary ma"caca"

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  2. Maybe you should do some work for the
    for the NY Times?
    If you think you can handle it?
    How about it?
    Call me>

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