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    Re: Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

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    The other three final contestants were the University of Hawaii, New York's Columbia University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Chicago Park District, which owns the two properties under consideration, says it will donate the chosen land parcel for this purpose. Both parcels are either on or very close to Chicago's lakefront in the Hyde Park neighborhood where the Obama home is located.
    I know they almost botched the sales pitch, but it's always been hard for me to imagine anywhere other than the University of Chicago winning the bid. That's been the candidate that by far makes the most sense, given the significance of Hyde Park and UChicago to Obama's personal and political life.

    Not to mention just the geography and circumstance of the area itself, apart from being where Obama actually lives: a racially integrated community area on the South Side of Chicago, home to Harold Washington while he was mayor, boasting one of the top universities in the world, where both Obamas formerly worked. It's pretty heavily intertwined with the narrative he's built for himself. I remember I was in Hyde Park on Election Night in 2008--it's hard to separate the man from that place.

    The other three possibilities all lacked the resonance of the Hyde Park choice. So I guess this pick seems pretty obvious.

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    Re: Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

    Quote Originally Posted by Greenbeard View Post
    I know they almost botched the sales pitch, but it's always been hard for me to imagine anywhere other than the University of Chicago winning the bid. That's been the candidate that by far makes the most sense, given the significance of Hyde Park and UChicago to Obama's personal and political life.

    Not to mention just the geography and circumstance of the area itself, apart from being where Obama actually lives: a racially integrated community area on the South Side of Chicago, home to Harold Washington while he was mayor, boasting one of the top universities in the world, where both Obamas formerly worked. It's pretty heavily intertwined with the narrative he's built for himself. I remember I was in Hyde Park on Election Night in 2008--it's hard to separate the man from that place.

    The other three possibilities all lacked the resonance of the Hyde Park choice. So I guess this pick seems pretty obvious.
    The question is... will they put it in Douglas Park - which is really in a pretty nasty area and a place virtually no tourists have ever been and not a whole lot of Chicagoans for that matter, or will they put it in Jackson Park abput a mile East- close to the lake and next to the Museum of Science and Industry... a major tourist attraction.

    The community is clamoring for development in Douglas Park, but we will see if they community gets it, as I'm sure Obama would have been pushing for in the late 80s.
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