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Obama library raises hopes, fears about economic boom on South Side

Obama library raises hopes, fears about economic boom on South Side

Lee Hogan's carryout soul food restaurant could someday be just a brief walk from the Obama presidential library. It is good news, she said, that the library and museum could come to Washington Park, bringing a projected $600 million in economic development to an impoverished neighborhood that has long been overlooked. But in a half-century in the restaurant business on the South Side, the 70-year-old entrepreneur has learned not to pay much attention to promises. Even if revitalization comes, she isn't sure she will be a part of it. "For 17 years, this restaurant has been 98 percent of my life," said Hogan, who was a waitress at the long-closed Gladys'...

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