THREATENED: Alderman Speaks Out Against Gentrification Caused by Obama Presidential Center (Chicago 7 2019)

“Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th) slammed the city’s new proposal to preserve affordable housing around the Obama Center Tuesday evening, while questioning the sincerity of the public input process that led to the proposal’s creation.

“Taylor said the city’s new proposal doesn’t do enough to protect Woodlawn residents from displacement. If the draft proposal isn’t strengthened, the freshman alderman said she will push for the city’s proposal to stall in committee once it’s introduced.

“I don’t want to kill [the city’s proposal], but if that’s what needs to happen to make sure we’re not displaced, then that’s what’s got to happen,” Taylor said. “We’re smart enough to come up with our own plans. …Don’t ignore our lived experiences with your ‘I think I know because I read it in a book.’” (Evans, Block Club Chicago, 1/29/20)

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City’s Scaled-Back Obama Center Housing Plan Doesn’t Do Enough To Protect Woodlawn, Alderman Says; “I don’t want to kill [the city’s plan], but if that’s what needs to happen to make sure we’re not displaced, then that’s what’s got to happen,” she said., Maxwell Evans, Block Club Chicago, 1/29/20)

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