To the Editor:
It is an honor for Chicago to be the home of the Obama Library/Museum. But the proposed location is wrong and will turn the Hyde Park-Woodlawn neighborhoods into a congested nightmare. The community stands to lose more than what it will gain.
First of all, the library will invade park land, which should be protected and kept “green” for which it was designed. Jackson Park should be kept free of black top surfaces and concrete structures.
Also, the proposed closing of Cornell Avenue will displace heavily routed traffic creating a bottleneck of more congestion.
The proposed site for the library will rob high school students at Hyde Park Academy and Mount Carmel of the: 1) field house, 2) swimming pool and 3) track and foot ball field. Where are these kids to go?
The latest news is that a storm water runoff pond is to replace the perennial garden circle (with cherry trees, lilac bushes and magnificent seasonal flowers). This very special garden hosts young children’s outings from nearby schools, photographers, artists and wedding events throughout most of the year.
The planned PGA golf course because of governing regulations and costly maintenance more than likely will not be affordable for most community people to play.
The Obama Library/Museum would be a wonderful asset to Chicago; a different location needs to be found. Not on park land. How about the vacated Michael Reese Campus.
A 40 year resident of Hyde Park