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Wed Jul 27, 2016, 05:20 PM

Obama chooses historic Jackson Park as library site

Source: Chicago Tribune

Obama chooses historic Jackson Park as library site

By Kathy Bergen, Blair Kamin and Katherine Skiba
Cityscapes

JULY 27, 2016, 1:45 PM

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected historic Jackson Park, just east of the University of Chicago, as the site for the Obama Presidential Center, a source confirmed Wednesday. A formal announcement is expected next week.

Martin Nesbitt, chairman of the Obama Foundation, declined to confirm or deny that the library would go to Jackson Park. He said his staff was in the process of scheduling a day to make the announcement but would not say if it was imminent.

In choosing Jackson Park over Washington Park, the other finalist site, the Obamas have opted for the less challenging of the two options. Both gracious South Side parks were designed by legendary 19th century landscape designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, but the Jackson Park site is cloaked in a more powerful collection of assets.

Located near the Museum of Science and Industry, the lakefront and the eastern edge of the University of Chicago campus, the site allows for the creation of a museum campus in the heart of the park, accented by an existing lagoon, lush woods and greenery. The winding 543-acre park is an oasis on the South Side. The center would be a short hop to either Lake Shore Drive or to two Metra train stations, strong pulls for visitors.

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Reply Obama chooses historic Jackson Park as library site (Original post)
Eugene Jul 2016 OP
sheshe2 Jul 2016 #1
brer cat Jul 2016 #3
sheshe2 Jul 2016 #4
brer cat Jul 2016 #6
sheshe2 Jul 2016 #7
Person 2713 Jul 2016 #2
elleng Jul 2016 #5
treestar Jul 2016 #8

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 05:28 PM

1. "Obama chooses historic Jackson Park as library site"

No better place for it, Eugene. After his historic election and his 7 1/2 years as our first African American President, that is exactly where it should be built.

PS...I heard it will actually have books in a opposed to that other President's library.

What do you bet it will have a huge room dedicated to Black History?

Thanks so much.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 06:30 PM

3. Yes.

A place for research and scholarship. And I will bet it will be the most child-friendly of all the Presidential libraries.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 06:45 PM

4. These children?













You are right, from the child friendly President.

They are our future brer and the President knows this.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 07:01 PM

6. Oh, yeah!

He better stop getting down on that floor with them...his knees and back are going to be too old for that soon.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 07:07 PM

7. Well, he has a few more years in him.

They have to stop knocking him over with love and that won't happen anytime soon.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 05:44 PM

2. Beautiful lakefront park. Lots of history there. I believe Their home is not too far away in kenwood

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Response to Person 2713 (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 06:50 PM

5. The house is actually in Hyde Park.

http://www.chicagotraveler.com/barack-obamas-house

Undoubtedly very close to the Library site.

My 'old' neighborhood! Guess I should visit, before they start digging!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jul 28, 2016, 10:00 AM

8. Great!

This is going to be a library with some substance! Sounds like a beautiful setting.

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