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    Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

    Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

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    WASHINGTON — May 1, 2015

    President Barack Obama has chosen his hometown of Chicago to host his future presidential library, two individuals with knowledge of the decision said, placing the permanent monument to his legacy in the city that launched his improbable ascent to the White House. Obama's library will be built on Chicago's South Side, where the University of Chicago has proposed two potential sites not far from the Obama family's home. It was unclear which of the two sites had been selected, but an official announcement was expected within weeks. For Chicago, the decision solidifies the city's claim to Obama and the legacy of the nation's first black president. Yet it marks a harsh letdown for New York and Honolulu, two other cities that played pivotal roles in Obama's journey and competed fiercely to host the library.

    Obama's decision to place the library in Chicago was conveyed to The Associated Press Thursday by two individuals with direct knowledge of the decision. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn't been publicly announced. Obama's foundation, the White House, the University of Chicago and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office all declined to comment.
    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.


    The Obama family residence in the leafy and diverse Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.

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    Re: Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

    Has it been announced yet that Emanuel will be leading the Obama Foundation?

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    Re: Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

    Before anyone goes off saying this is political and a bad choice, presidents usually build their presidential cities in the cities that they come from. I'm just curious as to why Obama built his library in the ****tiest part of the city? Is he hoping to spark hope and change in Chicago's South Side? Is it another bad choice? Should he put it in the most Republican part of Chicago just to give a final middle finger to the GOP?
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    Re: Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    Has it been announced yet that Emanuel will be leading the Obama Foundation?
    Not to my knowledge. Nor have any architectural plans been published thus far.

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    Re: Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Before anyone goes off saying this is political and a bad choice, presidents usually build their presidential cities in the cities that they come from. I'm just curious as to why Obama built his library in the ****tiest part of the library? Is he hoping to spark hope and change in Chicago's South Side?
    Hyde Park is home to the University of Chicago and its highly regarded hospital complex. IIRC, the area is racially diverse and mostly professional.

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    Re: Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    Hyde Park is home to the University of Chicago and its highly regarded hospital complex. IIRC, the area is racially diverse and mostly professional.
    I thought all of Chicago was ****ty. Specially, the South Side of Chicago. That's what the media tells Conservatives and Liberals.
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    Re: Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Before anyone goes off saying this is political and a bad choice, presidents usually build their presidential cities in the cities that they come from. I'm just curious as to why Obama built his library in the ****tiest part of the city? Is he hoping to spark hope and change in Chicago's South Side? Is it another bad choice? Should he put it in the most Republican part of Chicago just to give a final middle finger to the GOP?
    As someone from Chicago, south side is not "the ****tiest."

    As far as ****ty parts of Chicago go, they can largely be attributed to a few zip codes and a few neighborhoods. I've lived in the south side, Loyola, Wrigleyfield, and the south suburbs and never had a bad experience anywhere.

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    Re: Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I'm just curious as to why Obama built his library in the ****tiest part of the city? Is he hoping to spark hope and change in Chicago's South Side?
    Hyde Park is a pretty decent moderately affluent neighborhood anchored by U 0f C and right on the Lakefront. I recall Obama's next-door-neighbor's house selling for something like $1.4M, which seems commensurate with the area. Hyde Park is surrounded on two sides by really lousy neighborhoods though, and I'm not particular a fan of the neighborhood in terms of, "Would I buy there?

    But it probably is the premium so-called 'racially integrated' neighborhood in the city proper, and has a great cultural vibe due to U of C. I've hung there from time-to-time & even partied into the night - and I'm as white as they come, unless you'd like to count a touch of extra depth during a summer sun-tan that comes out due my Mom's Southern Italian (Calabrese) blood.

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    Re: Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

    Quote Originally Posted by Simpleχity View Post
    Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library


    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.


    The Obama family residence in the leafy and diverse Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
    No where else would take that worthless POS!
    The Gruber-crat is strong in this one!

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    Re: Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library

    Quote Originally Posted by Chainsaw View Post
    No where else would take that worthless POS!
    Presidents tend to build libraries in the states where they had their political and professional careers.
    I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK

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