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Can an Obama Library bump add more momentum to the city’s South Side?

March 21, 2017

In Chicago’s Woodlawn, community development sparks talk of neighborhood renewal


"...Recently, Woodlawn has entered a new era of development and investment, highlighted by the announced arrival of the Barack Obama Presidential Library on the western edge of Jackson Park, a half-billion-dollar prestige project expected to land on the neighborhood’s doorstep by 2021. It’s the latest in a series of developments that have made Woodlawn an up-and-coming destination. Real estate brokerage Redfin just named it one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods for 2017, and Curbed readers voted it the best neighborhood of 2016.

“A number of new housing developments laid the groundwork for the confidence boost the neighborhood is currently experiencing,” says Benjamin Van Horne, home builder and owner of Greenline Homes, who has worked in the neighborhood for 17 years. “The Obama Library announcement took that existing confidence level and doubled, even tripled it...." read more  watch POAH's 4-minute video about its redevelopment