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PRC Director calls for equitable development as Obama Presidential Center sparks new interest in South Shore

“I think we all have a responsibility — whether it’s local government, or elected officials, policymakers or the residents that live here — to hold ourselves to account and ensure that investments, whether it’s amenities, the proposed golf course, or the Obama Presidential Center, is beneficial to every resident that lives in South Shore,” PRC Director Charlie Barlow states in a video interview with the Chicago Tribune.

PRC Director Charlie Barlow discusses impact of Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Shore community (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

The Obama Presidential Center has drawn much interest in South Shore, Woodlawn and the surrounding communities—and local residents, elected officials, and other stakeholders are coming together to weigh the impact of this new investment.

South Shore, a community branded ‘Chicago’s eviction capital’ last year, has seen increasing attention from property developers and landlords as a result of the Obama Presidential Center and the proposed merger of the historic Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses.

“In Chicago, this desire and duty for racial equity and socioeconomic equity must be more than empty rhetoric,” laments Barlow. “We really have a duty to make sure that those who have lived here for a long time have the right and the opportunity to stay,” he continues, fearing that investment may put residents at risk of being pushed out through gentrification.

The full story, ‘South Side enclave drawn into spotlight,’ features on the front page of Sunday’s print edition. Visit the Chicago Tribune to watch the video interview and read the online version.

Housing and Economic MobilityObama Presidential CenterRacial EquitySouth Shore

Policy Research Collaborative • March 12, 2018

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