La Villita was made by immigrants. The arch is representative of the immigrants' challenges. In recent years, community members have drawn attention to restoring the arch and the clock. Many, including the original builders, have pointed out the negligence of caring for the arch.6 Based on the claim that the arch should be “looked at once a year and maintained every two years,”6 community members have turned to fundraising to cover the costs of saving and restoring the arch and the clock.3 In 2013, news broke about the Little Village Chamber of Commerce (LVCC) wanting to take down and replace the clock.3 This caused opinions regarding the clock to resurface. While some believed the clock is a ‘joke,’ others regarded it as a cultural treasure. Prior to 2013, the clock did not work. According to Elena Duran, a veteran community activist, The joke was: Of course it doesn't work, it's coming from Mexico.5 However, members of the community disagreed and blamed the chamber for neglecting to care for the arch and the clock.3 When LVCC, introduced the idea of replacing the clock so that it actually works, members of the community turned down his idea.6 They responded by saying that it is a cultural treasure donated by the Mexican government, from the Mexican pueblo to the Mexican community of Chicago.5 Instead, LVCC funded an engineer from Relojes Centenario to fix the clock. Despite this, it was not long before the clock was no longer working again.7
The Little Village arch and its clock hold cultural and political symbolism in La Villita. They represent a community of immigrants coming out of the shadows and emerging as a powerful force both in Chicago and in Mexico. It a symbol of Mexican culture and heritage in Chicago. Most importantly, it remains a portal for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans to experience Mexico from Chicago. The Little Village arch has become a treasured item to a community that intends on preserving its original design.