Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Obama presidential center redesigned before Chicago city review

Obama presidential center redesigned before Chicago city review

"We urge the Obama Foundation to explore alternative sites on the South Side that could be developed with more economic benefits, better public transportation, and less cost to taxpayers".

"Instead", Mr. Lipson continued, "the former president chose a much fancier, high-profile site on the lake, one with virtually no public transportation".

Obama, who was originally born in Hawaii, lived in Chicago after college. 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.

The Obama Center as now planned will not provide the promised development or economic benefits to the neighborhoods.

The letter closes with a blistering criticism of the project's estimated cost, which the professors argue will easily exceed $100 million and fall exclusively on the shoulders of the taxpayer.

Obama Presidential Center
Obama Center Going as Poorly as the Rest of Obama's Legacy

New details are emerging about the Obama Presidential Center including design revisions for a taller and sleeker museum tower and hundreds of new trees.

The Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, was Obama's first White House chief of staff.

The letter hammered the Obama Foundation's plans to build a 450-space parking lot, saying that it is "socially regressive" because it privileges people who can afford to have a auto. "Take a look at that, at that initial decision where they decided between Jackson Park and Washington Park". "The economic impact to the people who live there now would be incredible". "We've reimagined the landscape plans and the recreational spaces. We want to create an economic engine for the South Side of Chicago", Obama said in a video address.

Despite such claims, a coalition of eight community groups on the South Side is demanding the Obama Foundation sign an agreement guaranteeing neighborhood involvement in the development and maintenance of the Obama Center.

Member groups include the Black Youth Project 100, the Bronzeville Regional Collective and Southside Together Organizing for Power.

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