Residents of Chicago’s South Side are blasting Barack Obama because his fake “presidential library” — that isn’t really a library — is driving costs up in their neighborhood and pricing them their out of their homes.
It is a classic case of gentrification as the Obama Center brings in people who can afford a higher price range than the people already living there, and costs are rising for the poorer folks, making it so they can’t afford to live in their own neighborhood.
The Obama Center had its ceremonial groundbreaking in Sept. of 2021 on a 19-acre plot of land n what was parkland on the city’s South Side.
But according to Fox News:
But the ongoing $500 million project, which remains under construction, has reignited fears among longtime residents that the center will gentrify the community and that the positive “economic impact” promised by the former president will instead raise property values and make housing costs unaffordable.
An article published Monday by the Washington Post, titled “Chicago neighbors say Obama center is raising rents, forcing them out,” examined the center’s impact on neighboring communities, noting that median home prices have more than doubled since the center was first unveiled.
The Post article, written by Marissa J. Lang, features interviews with longtime South Side residents who were priced out of their communities after spending decades in the same home and details a recent exchange between Brandon Johnson, one of the Democrats running to replace Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) in a runoff this week, with residents last month.
“We have to make sure, for families that live in the very communities where economic development is taking place, that landlords don’t see it as an opportunity to push the families out who have been a part of these communities for decades,” Johnson said.
Democrats pretty much destroy everything they touch, don’t they?