The sweepstakes for the Obama Presidential Library continue to heat up. For the University of Chicago and the surrounding area, near certainty has shifted to anxiety and a win-at-all-costs stance. A consensus is forming among those most passionate about attracting the Library, one which is based on urbanness,┬áthe mid-South Side’s exceptional connection—and entitlement—to the Obama legacy, and an aphoristic expectation that the Library will be a transformative presence for an under-served community. None of these claims are as absolute as boosters imagine.

The University of Chicago seeks to offer up this slice of Washington Park to the Obama Foundation.

The University of Chicago seeks to offer up this slice of Washington Park to the Obama Foundation.

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