Obama Center scraps above-ground parking garage after neighborhood opposition

University Professors Sign Letter in Support of Obama Center Benefits Agreement

University Professors Sign Letter in Support of Obama Center Benefits Agreement

Obama noted that, when he was younger, he went through a phase when he wanted to be an architect.

A redesigned Obama Presidential Center plan was unveiled this week, one that hopes to make a defining statement while maintaining the existing character of Chicago's historic Jackson Park.

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.

University Professors Sign Letter in Support of Obama Center Benefits Agreement
Obama Center scraps above-ground parking garage after neighborhood opposition

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

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.

New details are emerging about the Obama Presidential Center including design revisions for a taller and sleeker museum tower and hundreds of new trees. "Michelle and I are absolutely grateful to all of you for being a part of all this remarkable process", said former President Barack Obama in a video. In a recent letter, over 100 members of the University of Chicago faculty and dozens of community groups strongly condemn Obama's plan. Why? 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. Another two-story building will house a library and both buildings will be covered with accessible parkland on the rooftops. It looks to many neighbors that the only new jobs created will be as staff to the Obama Center, hence the widespread support for a Community Benefits Agreement. Because, according to the professors, the Obama Presidential Center wastes millions of taxpayer dollars in an already broke state, destroys a public park and is "socially regressive" to the affluent community.

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