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

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

Another concern stems from the plan to hand over large portions of historic public parks to the Obama Foundation for use in building the venue.

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

The Obama Foundation said in a statement that despite the criticism the organization has received about the project, the foundation appreciates the feedback and looks forward to working with the community to gain their support for the center.

The Obama Center as now planned will not provide the promised development or economic benefits to the neighborhoods. Jackson Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most important urban parks in the nation.

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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. The Obama Foundation announced Monday afternoon it no longer plans to do this.

The center will "bring upwards of 760,000 people to the South Side every year" and "strengthen the economic climate in the region". Both the Jackson Park and Washington Park neighborhoods need attention, economic development, cultural opportunities, and an improvement in educational institutions. "We've reimagined the landscape plans and the recreational spaces".

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. 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.

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

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