Posted on April 7, 2023

Black Chicago Residents Say Obama Center Is Pushing Them Out of Neighborhood

Claire Sprang, Washington Free Beacon, April 5, 2023

Chicago residents say the planned museum complex honoring former president Barack Obama is pushing black families in the South Side out of their homes with higher rent costs.

The Obama Presidential Center, which began construction in Chicago’s South Side in 2021, has displaced many long-term black residents due to gentrification resulting in higher rent costs, the Washington Post reported. Median rent in the area increased by 43 percent {snip}

“The reality is that this is about real people, and we don’t want the Obama Center—the center honoring the first black president—to be another page in the long history of displacing black people or doing harm to black families,” one Chicago resident told the Post.