• The Obama Presidential Center will ruin Jackson Park

    It's a tough job, but someone has to tell President Barack Obama that his empty, huge monument to himself, aka the Obama Presidential Center, with its unwanted sledding hill and playground (not to mention the “performance space”), does not belong in Jackson Park.

    Maybe it would work in Washington Park, where it could actually help the surrounding community that needs the support Hyde Park does not.

    The most logical place is, of course, on top of the old Michael Reese Hospital campus, near McCormick Place, where hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of visitors to Chicago would have easy access without blockading the South Side by obliterating Cornell Drive.

    Chicago — Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago media, the citizens of Chicago — can stop Obama before the South Side of Chicago is irrevocably mutilated by his desire to become the Napoleon III of Jackson Park.

    Where is Montgomery Ward when we need him?

    — Shirlee A. Hoffman, Chicago

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