Obama defends his presidential library from criticism it ‘gentrifies’ Chicago’s South Side

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Former president Barack Obama defended the decision to choose the Jackson Park neighbourhood of Chicago as a site for his legacy project Obama Presidential Centre ahead of the groundbreaking scheduled for Tuesday.

The 44th presidential centre sits on the 19-acre of the Jackson Park and will include a museum, forum building, public plaza, athletic centre, play area and a branch of the Chicago Public Library. It had been mired in controversy over gentrification concerns along with those surrounding the damage to the environment.

“The truth is, any time you do a big project, unless you’re in the middle of a field somewhere, you know, and it’s on private property, there’s always going to be some people who say, ‘Well, but we don’t want change. We’re worried about it. We don’t know how it’s going to turn out’,” Mr Obama told ABC News.

“Which is why we’ve gone through…

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