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Chicago's largest philanthropic organization, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, announced it will invest $26 million in 16 low-income neighborhoods — Auburn Gresham; Chicago Lawn; the quad communities of Douglas, North Kenwood-Oakland and Grand Boulevard; East Garfield; Englewood; Humboldt Park; Little Village; Logan Square; North Lawndale; Pilsen; South Chicago; Washington Park; West Haven and Woodlawn. — over the next five years.
It's great news for neighborhoods that need help.

Some folks who live on the west side of Washington Park say they fear putting the proposed Olympic Stadium in their neighborhood will spur gentrification and shove them out of the place they've called home for so long.

What's your take?

Here's what one reader had to say via email ...

On the afternoon our town was selected as the country's choice for the 2016 Olympic Games, reporter Dave Newbart caught up with a woman and her son at a tiny playground in Washington Park. She talked of how a stadium will "bring jobs to the people who live down here."

Mark Konkol

Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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