Obama Foundation files plans for presidential library in Chicago

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Obama noted that, when he was younger, he went through a phase when he wanted to be an architect. The foundation announced Monday a planned above-ground garage has been dropped in favor of an underground one.

"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", the professors wrote. What happens to Olmsted's vision for Jackson Park will now be determined by a federal review, the city of Chicago and the Obamas.

Another concern stems from the plan to hand over large portions of historic public parks to the Obama Foundation for use in building the venue. None of the funds will go back to the City to improve train lines and public transportation infrastructure.

In a newly released video, former President Barack Obama says that he has been actively involved in the planning process to build the center, which aims to open by 2021.

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The centre will split into three main buildings: a library and a forum - both partially buried - and a stone-clad "landmark" tower that will host a museum. Clearly the choice of Washington Park, specifically the plans developed by John Ronan Architects, opens the center up to a myriad of possibilities, a lot of them eliminating the problems of the Jackson Park site.

Instead, the proposed center would include a recording studio, basketball courts, and a children's play garden. Because, according to the professors, the Obama Presidential Center wastes millions of taxpayer dollars in an already broke state, destroys a public park and is "socially regressive" to the affluent community.

Charles Lipson, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, which sits just blocks away from the center's future location, said Mr. Obama is "indulging himself" by building "a monument along the lakefront, where it will have a lot less positive impact than it could have had elsewhere".