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Woodlawn Community Residents Battle Land Grab

Residents of Chicago's south side Woodlawn community are engaged in a pitched battle to resist a land grab that would benefit high-end development at the expense of long-term residents. The stakes are high, with the neighborhood's 61st Street business corrider -- a formerly thriving stretch of Black-owned businesses -- at stake. The gentrification scheme is backed by 20th ward alderman Arenda Troutman and her boosters, including powerful developer Brinshore Development, LLC, which stands to profit from the redevelopment scheme -- and the displacement it would create. Troutman has used her local power over zoning changes to push the gentrification plan -- and community residents are fighting back. Read more.




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