Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

University Professors Sign Letter in Support of Obama Center Benefits Agreement

University Professors Sign Letter in Support of Obama Center Benefits Agreement

A forum building for community events and programming, an athletic center for the community, outdoor plaza and library building will also be built in honor of Obama's legacy.

"While we don't expect everyone to agree with every element of the plan, we look forward to working with people across the community and the city to make the most of the opportunity to create a global destination that will showcase the South Side to the world", a spokesperson for the Obama Foundation said.

Rather than "fix" each of these problems piece by piece, the Obama Foundation should recognize that the choice of Jackson Park as its site is so badly flawed that it needs to reconsider placement of the center.

Barack Obama may be the pride of University of Chicago, but a lot of heavy hitters there are strongly opposing current plans for his library. Some of the brilliance of Frederick Olmsted's plan for Jackson Park is dormant on on a gray January day, but spring may reveal more about what future visitors will see in the park. Construction of a permanent architectural monument violates Olmsted's vision of a democratic urban park.

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The Obama Foundation is in ongoing talks with the Chicago Public Library about opening a new branch on the site as well.

"At a time of increasing complexity and pressure in urban life, Chicago should be dedicated to preserving our public parks as open areas for relaxation and play for all its citizens", the letter states, criticizing the slated intrusion into the Midway Plaisance and Jackson parks. Obama Presidential Center is "socially regressive". They have to date rejected many pleas of neighborhood groups to place the garage underground.

Obama noted that, when he was younger, he went through a phase when he wanted to be an architect. Finally, it is the taxpayers of Chicago who are going to be forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for this project, according to estimates by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

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