Sketches show revised plans for Obama Presidential Centre


Because of the planned location of the Obama Center, the Obama Foundation plans to take over a section of another historic, public park - Midway Plaisance, also designed by Olmsted - and turn it into an above-ground parking garage.

We University of Chicago faculty who sign this letter are ourselves a diverse group and different issues will matter more to some of us than to others.

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Ninety-six percent of Black voters backed Jones, while Moore saw decreased turnout in more conservative voting blocs and areas. Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore.

Michelle Obama revealed the plans for the Obama Presidential Center, and the new facility looks absolutely gorgeous.

The letter asks the Obama Foundation to sign a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) and expresses support for building the Obama Center on the South Side.

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Located in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago, the Obama Presidential Center will now comprise of a 235-foot-high tower (160-180-feet in previous plans) as the main building, housing a museum telling the story of Obama as well as that of civil rights and African American history. We'll have a Museum and Library building, of course, but the campus will also include a place we're calling the "Forum" - a public meeting space where anybody can come together for some local programming, or to gather for larger-scale events in an auditorium, maybe record something in a broadcast studio, or just have a bite to eat. "The economic impact to the people who live there now would be unbelievable".

Back in his community-organizing days, Barack Obama would have been the one fighting to save historic public parks from developers.

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"The Obama Presidential Center will be a global community center, a place of life and vibrancy that showcases the South Side to the world", said Martin Nesbitt, board chair of the Obama Foundation, in a statement.

The Obama Center wasted taxpayer money.

. But we share with so many of our neighbors the belief that the current plans need significant revision. "Not only are public lands being given to a private entity but the public will pay to have Cornell Drive closed and Stony Island Avenue and Lake Shore Drive widened", at an estimated cost to taxpayers of more than $100 million, the faculty wrote in a letter. "Overall, this is a socially regressive plan". We are concerned that these are not the best ways to use public funds to invest in the future of Chicago.