Obama Presidential Center Hits Paper. Here’s The Details and Diagrams
Jan22

Obama Presidential Center Hits Paper. Here’s The Details and Diagrams

The Obama Presidential Center, planned for a sunny stretch of Jackson Park, has been making headlines around the world for the last few weeks.  But not in a good way. Publications from British tabloids to glossy Asian design mags to conspiracy web sites have been carrying stories about what appears to be growing opposition to the project’s scale, impact, location, and sometimes even its existence. (link link link link link link...

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Obama Center Clarifies Its Plaisance Park Parking Plan
Aug28

Obama Center Clarifies Its Plaisance Park Parking Plan

The Obama Foundation has revealed its plans for a chunk of the Midway Plaisance across the street from the new Barack Obama Presidential Center.  It wants to use the  tree-lined open lawn for a parking garage and transit center. The Obama Foundation describes the public open parkland as “underutilized,” which is kind of the point of open parkland.  In modern landscaping terms, the space will be “activated” with...

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Obama Library Already Having an Economic Impact on South Side?
May15

Obama Library Already Having an Economic Impact on South Side?

It appears the Barack Obama Presidential Center is already having an economic impact on Chicago’s South Side.  Or at least on the neighboring University of Chicago. DNAInfo Chicago reports on a community meeting where plans were unveiled to build a new hotel to serve the academics, scholars, and others expected to visit the area specifically to do research at the presidential library.  It is being developed by New York’s...

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Park Pals Pass on Protesting Presidential Plan
Aug05

Park Pals Pass on Protesting Presidential Plan

A couple of days ago, the Obama Foundation announced that Chicago’s Jackson Park will be the location of the Barack Obama Presidential Center. The decision came as a surprise to some observers who believed that Washington Park was a lock. The Jackson decision now leaves them with neighborhood revitalization plans unrealized. Also not happy with the choice is Friends of the Parks. You may remember it as the N.G.O. that scared George...

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John Ronan Among Finalists Selected For Obama Library Design
Dec21

John Ronan Among Finalists Selected For Obama Library Design

The Barack Obama Foundation today issued a formal request for proposal (RFP) to seven architectural firms. From those finalists, one will be selected to design the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side of Chicago. Among the finalists is local firm John Ronan Architects. Several other finalists also have completed projects in Chicago. The RFP is the second step in the process, following an earlier request for qualifications,...

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