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Exclusive details: Bid for Obama Library on Lake Michigan shore
Politics Early and Often ^ | July 3, 2014 | Lynn Sweet

Posted on 07/06/2014 9:05:28 AM PDT by re_tail20

Among the rival locations in Chicago for the Obama library and museum, the most majestic one hugs the Lake Michigan shore on the Southeast Side with a stunning view of the Chicago skyline.

More than pretty, the Chicago Lakeside site has vast potential to trigger massive related economic growth and create jobs in an often ignored part of the city. With a presidential library and museum as an anchor, large-scale private investment that otherwise might take a generation to occur could happen in a decade.

“It is the most incredibly beautiful site in the city of Chicago,” developer Dan McCaffery is telling me as we discuss the bid for the library and museum he submitted to the Barack Obama Foundation last month. We’re talking in the suburban Washington office of his Chicago-based firm, where I had an exclusive look at the bid.

McCaffery, in a partnership with U.S. Steel, is offering the foundation free land: a prime location near 79th and the lake, the eastern-most point of the 589-acre Chicago Lakeside project.

These vacant acres were once the home of the razed U.S. Steel South Works, which closed in April 1992. The adjacent neighborhoods are where Obama once worked as a community organizer.

McCaffery uses the circle metaphor in talking about his bid, as in Obama coming full circle, building his presidential library near where he started his career.

The bid book, which includes an iPad loaded with a video about the site, has a steel ring embedded in the blue cover.

That circle is an “O,” of course, for Obama. But the ring also symbolize the steel-making roots of the site, the era when South Works was a mighty economic force, McCaffery reminds me.

That land can once again be part of the Chicago economy...

(Excerpt) Read more at politics.suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: obamalibrary

1 posted on 07/06/2014 9:05:28 AM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

I can’t wait to never visit this piece of land, if it goes through.


2 posted on 07/06/2014 9:06:00 AM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

Wonder how many shootings in the first year of operation...?


3 posted on 07/06/2014 9:06:39 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: re_tail20

So have they decided on a house of mirrors, Caddy Shack, or outhouse?


4 posted on 07/06/2014 9:07:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: re_tail20

I just assumed it would be in Mombasa.


5 posted on 07/06/2014 9:07:47 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: re_tail20

Why would this country NEED an Obama library? I already read the Communist Manifesto and Rules for Radicals.


6 posted on 07/06/2014 9:08:40 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: re_tail20

Bath House and LieBarry?


7 posted on 07/06/2014 9:10:02 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: re_tail20

WOW! Are port-a-lets getting that expensive?


8 posted on 07/06/2014 9:11:54 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: re_tail20

Conspiratorially speaking, it’s seems good, from the outside - in, to be ordained by the power elite and to have all these things given to you on a silver platter.


9 posted on 07/06/2014 9:12:25 AM PDT by re_tail20
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To: EagleUSA

It is just a reminder of his shameful presidency.


10 posted on 07/06/2014 9:13:24 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: re_tail20

Obama crates 98,000 shovel ready jobs in a beautiful piece of the ghetto.... Where have we heard those lies before?


11 posted on 07/06/2014 9:20:41 AM PDT by NYRepublican72
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To: re_tail20

If it must be built it should go on one of the $1 lots in the nearby Englewood neighborhood.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3175484/posts


12 posted on 07/06/2014 9:23:15 AM PDT by proudpapa (Scott Walker - 2016)
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To: re_tail20

Excuse me, but what would he put IN this library of his? Has he accomplished anything worthwhile? Would it be a paean to 0bamacare? To the patriating of illegal aliens? To his presiding over the collapse of this once great country and the loss of our borders - of the give-away of 1/3 of the country to Meh-he-co? To the ushering in of sharia law?


13 posted on 07/06/2014 9:33:02 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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I have a Suggestion!How About Half-a-Mile OFF SHORE????????


14 posted on 07/06/2014 9:35:05 AM PDT by bandleader
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The”Library”will need to be”Stocked”.Hmmm.,let me see....I Know,The First Two(and ONLY)Books Are “Rules For Radicals”(Saul Alinsky/forward by HildeBeast),and”Das Kapital”(Karl Marx).Can AnyOne Think Of ANY OTHERS?????????


15 posted on 07/06/2014 9:37:41 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: bandleader

Subscriptions to most major papers


16 posted on 07/06/2014 9:39:28 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Open Borders, pro-terrorist, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: re_tail20

One of the neighborhoods bordering on this piece of land is locally known at “The Bush”, so if the US Steel site becomes the Obama memorial, he’ll still be able to blame any trouble there on the Bush.

By the way, just about all the neighborhoods near that site are pretty run down - the part of the “South Chicago” neighborhood bordering the site to the west, Millgate, has pretty much always been a dump; The Bush is (or at least was) mostly trashy; and the approach to the region from the northwest, South Shore Drive, goes through a neighborhood (South Shore) that was a number of decades back mostly middle class Jewish and Irish, but is now full-blown ghetto, with major street crime and routine gun violence as bad as almost anything in Englewood or Lawndale (the worst of the South Side and West Side neighborhoods).

In a lot of ways, it could be a perfect location for an Obama tribute - once the old steel mill site was cleaned up, it would be calm and tranquil at the surface on the lakefront, but a sea of hatred and violence just a couple of blocks in.


17 posted on 07/06/2014 9:48:30 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: bandleader
Can AnyOne Think Of ANY OTHERS?????????

Not yet printed but expect a new book called "Everything I love about America" by Mullah Obama. It will be 500 pages of blank pages

18 posted on 07/06/2014 9:51:20 AM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: re_tail20

Windy City: ideal site.


19 posted on 07/06/2014 10:35:10 AM PDT by buridan
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To: re_tail20

How about a mile offshore?


20 posted on 07/06/2014 10:43:35 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: re_tail20

At least at the Bill Clinton library you’d have a chance at getting a good massage.


21 posted on 07/06/2014 10:53:16 AM PDT by KevinB (Barack Obama: Our first black, gay, Kenyan, Muslim president!)
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To: re_tail20

Maybe a little further out from the shore?


22 posted on 07/06/2014 11:00:14 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: re_tail20

Site of a closed steel plant. Appropriate.


23 posted on 07/06/2014 11:17:20 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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