Parkland museum precedent


To the Editor:

In a letter in the Feb. 13 Hyde Park Herald, Ray Kuby quoted law professor Richard Epstein about the OPC taking public property for private purposes. But in return for this “taking,” the city would get a wonderful museum and presidential center that would benefit the public.

There is a precedent for this kind of “taking.” In 1893, the Chicago Academy of Sciences built a science and natural history museum in Lincoln Park. Not only was public land used by a private organization, but the Lincoln Park Board of Commissioners provided 25% of the cost! That museum later moved to a different location in Lincoln Park and became the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, one of the gems of Chicago’s museums.

When it is built, I think that the OPC will also be a wonderful addition to the city.

Eleanor Hall