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Obama Center Going as Poorly as the Rest of Obama’s Legacy

Crains 8 January 2018 One Comment

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.

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More than 100 U of C faculty members who say they support the location of an Obama Center near the campus nevertheless are opposing plans for it on economic and preservation grounds.

They say the center’s proposed location lacks room to jump-start economic development, and its footprint will consume parts of historic Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance. “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.

Read more in Crain’s

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  • Observant said:

    The proposed building design is quite possibly one of the ugliest structures that many Chicagoans have ever seen. To put it in a landmark public park seems like a crime against architecture. There are industrial buildings, oil refineries and steel mills that are more attractive than this abomination.

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