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Obama Presidential Center Denounced by Professors at U. Chicago

Obama Presidential Center Denounced by Professors at U. Chicago

“We are concerned that these are not the best ways to use public funds”

It’s amazing how many people on the left are objecting to Obama’s presidential center. Did anyone see this coming?

The College Fix reports:

UChicago faculty denounce plans for Obama Presidential Center: ‘object-lesson in the mistakes of the past’

Faculty at the University of Chicago have joined a growing chorus of Chicagoans voicing alarm and anger over the planned Obama Presidential Center, set to be built in a sprawling historic park in the south side of the city.

Residents and environmentalists alike have signaled frustration and opposition to the plans to build the large, five-building mecca in the heart of the beloved, 140-year-old park flanking Lake Michigan — and many faculty at the private university located blocks away from the site agree.

A public letter published in mid-January signed by nearly 200 professors argued that the Obama Presidential Center plans disrespect and monopolize precious parkland, will be a boondoggle for taxpayers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, will cause nightmarish traffic jams, and will hurt the environment, among other concerns.

“We are concerned that these are not the best ways to use public funds to invest in the future of Chicago,” the letter states. “… We are concerned that rather than becoming a bold vision for urban living in the future it will soon become an object-lesson in the mistakes of the past. We urge the Obama Foundation to explore alternative sites on the South Side that could be developed with more economic benefits, better public transportation, and less cost to taxpayers.”


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Though I cannot remember which artist drew it, I keep being reminded of a cartoon every time I see the renderings of Obama’s edifice. Anyone else?? Seems to me it was something like a Stonehenge allusion.

I have no doubt that the Obama library is/will be a huge waste of taxpayer funds, but “nightmarish traffic jams”? Who are they trying to kid? Who’s actually going to go to that thing? Especially when you consider that money-grubbing Chicago will use it as a pretext to fleece visitors…$25 parking, $8 hot dogs, $4 pop, 5% entertainment tax – the possibilities are endless, and Chicago comes up with every excuse in the book, and then some…..

I think the traffic jams issue is because the plan is to close some major roads in the area and convert the land to the Obama library use. Also, the money from the parking is to go to the Obama foundation.

Well, it is vaguely like an outhouse, so not all that inappropriate a symbol.