Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Altgeld Gardens residents proud of Obama victory

Significant because Altgeld Gardens is located in the neighboring 9th Ward all the way down the southern city limits from The Windy Citizen:
Residents of Altgeld Gardens – a sprawling public housing development on the Far South Side – woke up Wednesday morning to a changed America: A man who devoted several years to improving their community will be the next president of the United States.

“It’s like I’m in a dream,” said Alice Atwater, 64, who doesn’t live in Altgeld but was picking up her grandchildren from school there Wednesday afternoon.

As a young college graduate, Barack Obama organized residents in Altgeld Gardens, a neighborhood of predominantly African-American residents that lies between the Calumet River and one of Chicago’s largest landfills.

For long-time community members who often feel that the area is ignored, the thought of a president who is familiar with the expansive blocks of two-story row houses seemed too good to be true.

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