The Obama library is coming to Chicago. Will local residents be displaced?

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Complex slated for South Side’s Jackson Park prompts fears that low-income Black residents will be displaced

Construction of the Obama Presidential Center is expected to begin this fall in Chicago after years of debate over whether the complex will benefit low-income residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.

It will be located in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago – one of the most historically significant parks in the city, and originally designed for the 27 million visitors to the 1893 World’s Fair. The roughly $500m Obama Presidential Center (OPC) will feature a museum, playground, public library, and an open plaza.

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