On May 12, 2015, Barack and Michelle Obama announced that Chicago will be the site of the Obama Presidential Library. Anticipating this development, the University of Chicago, as early as January 6, 2015, began to make arrangements to use its adjacent public parkland should Chicago be awarded the commission. The two parks near the University—Jackson Park, located to the east and south of the campus, and Washington Park, on its west border—are no ordinary pieces of greenery. These two parks, which were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, have a significant history and invaluable function in the south side of Chicago. Whether they choose Jackson Park or Washington Park, plans to build the Obama Library on top of these National Register parks would erase significant segments of them. This threat, aided by likely corruption, will...


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