Little Village Street Scenes + Smash Plan 21 Cutaways / Murals 10/29
Date Of Production
16mm footage of outtakes from an unfinished documentary film about murals in Chicago. The scenes depicted here focus primarily on Little Village, while also featuring murals created in protest of the controversial Chicago 21 Plan development (also referred to as the Plan for Central Area Communities).
Film begins with street scenes of Little Village: close-ups of store fronts featuring Mexican film posters (Viva la Risa, Pueblo Maldito, etc.), people walking, and business signage indicating that most of this footage was shot on W. 26th St.
Signage for Sonoro Electronic on 3836 W. 26th St., and a medical clinic nearby in building number 3840 are clearly shown. The sign for Liberia Giron, a family-owned chain of bookstores specializing in Spanish-language books and located at 3547 W. 26th St. can also be seen.
The film ends with shots of the "Smash Plan 21" mural painted by Oscar Martinez, Jose Guerrero, and Judith Motyka in 1978. The mural--located on the southeast corner of North and Spaulding in Humboldt Park--condemns the 1970s urban renewal plan to stop white flight by building a residential and commercial ring around the downtown area. The mural was whitewashed in the late 1990s.