Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Obama Foundation Submits Development Plans for Presidential Library

Obama Foundation Submits Development Plans for Presidential Library

"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.

"First, there are concerns that the Obama Center as now planned will not provide the promised development or economic benefits to the neighborhood", the letter explains.

Designed by United States firms Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with Interactive Design Architects (IDEA), the Obama Presidential Center is planned for a site in the historic Jackson Park.

"Michelle and I want the center to be more than just a building", Obama says. However, it questions the decision to locate the center in Jackson Park. Construction of a permanent architectural monument violates Olmsted's vision of a democratic urban park.

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The faculty call for "significant revision" to the current plan. "The majority of the space will be free and open to the public". Obama Presidential Center is "socially regressive".

The Obama Presidential Center will include a 235-foot tall museum building, a forum building intended for community programming, a library building, a community athletic center and an outdoor plaza, according to a release from the Obama Foundation. They have to date rejected many pleas of neighborhood groups to place the garage underground.

"When I was younger, there was a time I dreamed of being an architect", said Barack Obama in revealing the new crowdsourced plans. None of the funds will go back to the City to improve train lines and public transportation infrastructure. Again, this is a precious, historic urban park that ought to be preserved for future generations not given to a private entity for development into a parking lot. The required widening of Lake Shore Drive alone is estimated to be over $100 million.

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