To the Editor:
The Jackson Park Obama Presidential Center (OPC) idea has suffered enough.
In 2019 the embattled Obama Foundation’s proposal weathered a federal lawsuit by Protect Our Parks environmental stakeholders.
But an unresolved and passionate “community jobs and benefits” agreement pushed by community taxpayers, and the Federal Highway Administration’s negative report of the “adverse impact” on Jackson Park the OPC would generate, are further proof that a bad location decision was made.
A mandatory federal review process by the National Park Service is on the horizon. Their report is likely to be negative as well.
Solution: build the OPS in North Lawndale. That area has been ignored by the City of Chicago for decades. It would give the area a tremendous economic boost. It’s almost a no-brainer!
John A. Viramontes