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A Neighborhood of All Stars

Andrell Bryant at the Hoops in the Hood finals last summer.

Gordon Walek


When gang members shattered his windows and tried to set his house on fire – Rob Castaneda’s hope faded. He and his wife recently moved to Little Village - eager to start a new life chapter. But the Chicago crime in their southwest side neighborhood overshadowed their dreams for the future.

With a damaged home and broken hopes, the Castanedas were ready to say goodbye - but their neighbors weren’t. They rallied behind the family, encouraging them to stay on the block. That determination inspired the Castanedas. They realized moving wouldn’t solve the neighborhood problems. But something else could help the area bounce back.

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Rob Castaneda and Andrell Bryant at the Hoops finals last year.

Gordon Walek

Posted in Placemaking, Little Village

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