High-handed Obama Presidential Center is losing community support

Irony abounds in the struggle taking pace on the Southside of Chicago, where Barack Obama first cut his teeth as an Alinskyite community organizer.  His desire to have a monument to himself in the form of the "Obama Presidential Center" (not a library, and not part of the National Archives System) is roiling community organizations who are not convinced that their park should be sacrificed to build a large shrine to the 44th president. In fact, revisions to the initial plans have not mollified the opposition.  Revised plans unveiled made the project even taller and more grandiose (and less white):   When plans for the privately financed and privately controlled center were announced, evidently, it was presumed that the grateful citizens of Chicago would be thrilled to offer their city-owned park land in tribute.  But the community organizers were not so sure that reducing the amount of park space is in their...(Read Full Post)