Community Benefits Agreement For The Obama Presidential Center

Community Benefits Agreement For The Obama Presidential Center

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Carla Walter started this petition to Leslie. A Harrison

The Obama Presidential Center is on its way to begin construction in Jackson Park Highlands, one of Chicago's predominately African American neighborhoods. The proposed center will likely benefit the city, as there would be increased tourism on the South Side. However, the city will likely gentrify the area surrounding the library to make it more attractive. 


Gentrification is theoretically beneficial because its said goal is to rejuvenate a neighborhood. However, it has unintended implications on the current residents of the affected community because gentrification typically results in increased rent to match the newer and more resourceful environment. 


To prevent tenants from being pushed out due to the construction of the Obama Center, we must work together to achieve stabilized rent with a Community Benefits Agreement. A Community Benefits Agreement is an agreement between the real estate developer and the community to carry out the developer's plan so long as there are specific benefits for the residents in the community).  


Sign this petition to show your support for a CBA, specifically for the stabilization of rent, in Jackson Park so that I can send the results to Ald. Leslie A. Harrison (ward 5). 

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