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Re: “Hey, Mayor Rahm—North Lawndale is good enough for a presidential library

I believe the decision as to where that library will be built has already been made however, there are many in the black community who would object to a library that is not located on the south side of the city. This is where the president got his start and where the first ladies history is to be found. Even westside African Americans can understand that. Why can't that library be built on the lake like most of this cities most important monuments? The South Shore Cultural Center land and the old US Steel grounds should be reconsidered. By the way, not one of the locations have been maintained well and are in need of renovation. I find it laughable that the park district is now interested in how this land will be used since they have been neglected for years. A president known for his community work will have a library that caters to the rich and connected and not to the communities in - which the president worked before his election. Build the library in New York where it will at least be tied to his undergraduate institution. Another slap in the face by the mayor to his black population.

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Posted by Roberth. on 01/08/2015 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Hey, Mayor Rahm—North Lawndale is good enough for a presidential library

All three parks reviewed for the Obama Library are in trouble condition. While the South Shore Cultural Center is in the best shape, I can assure you if it was housed on the north side, the park district would have taken better care of that building. While the UIC proposals is acceptable, the president and first lady are from the south side of Chicago and this is where both got their start and where both made their mark. If the library is not placed here, it should go to New York where it will benefit a community tied directly to the president.

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Posted by Roberth. on 01/08/2015 at 6:51 AM

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