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U. of C. sees tough competition from New York for Obama library

University of Chicago officials meet with Editorial Board Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune

University of Chicago official Susan Sher, center, joins fellow U. of C. official Derek Douglas and Carol Adams, head of Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History, at a Wednesday meeting with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board.

University of Chicago official Susan Sher, center, joins fellow U. of C. official Derek Douglas and Carol Adams, head of Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History,
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By Dahleen Glanton Chicago Tribune contact the reporter

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The official heading up the University of Chicago bid to host the Barack Obama presidential library said Wednesday that the biggest threat to bringing the facility to Chicago’s South Side comes from New York.

While there is serious competition from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Hawaii, Susan Sher, senior adviser to university President Robert Zimmer, said she considers the U. of C.’s strongest competitor to be Columbia University, which is seeking to build the library on its Manhattanville campus in New York City’s West Harlem community.

Final push for Obama library bids ahead of Thursday deadline Dahleen Glanton

With a Thursday deadline looming for submitting their official proposals, two Chicago universities hoping to host the Obama presidential library are lining up support from across the city, seeking to build coalitions that would strengthen their bids.

With a Thursday deadline looming for submitting their official proposals, two Chicago universities hoping to host the Obama presidential library are lining up support from across the city, seeking to build coalitions that would strengthen their bids. ( Dahleen Glanton )

The day before Thursday’s deadline for the four semifinalists to present their bids to the Barack Obama Foundation, Sher told the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board that people are wrong to think that Chicago is a shoo in to win the library.

While President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have close academic and personal ties to the University of Chicago, and his political career began on the South Side, the U. of C. faces several hurdles in acquiring land to build the library. The negotiations also would involve the foundation and the city.

As far as land acquisition, New York already is far ahead.

CommentaryObama presidential library belongs on the South SideSee all related8 "This is a really serious competition. It’s not a done deal by any means," Sher said. "I won’t make an argument on behalf of New York, but I will say an advantage they have, which is fortunate for them, (is that) for other purposes they have already identified,
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Columbia University, where Obama received his undergraduate degree in 1983, will make a case that the library should be a cornerstone of its $6.3 billion expansion into the economically depressed, predominantly African American community of West Harlem.

In 2009,
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The U. of C. has proposed three sites, all of them in low income, predominantly African American neighborhoods on the mid South Side. Since 2008, before Obama was elected president, the university began acquiring more than 10 acres of land in the Washington Park neighborhood, one of its proposed sites. While there has been some development in the area, there is still some 270 acres of vacant land available in the immediate area, Sher said.

A portion of the land proposed for the library backs up against the CTA’s Garfield Green Line stop, which is owned by the CTA.

The two other sites, located on the grounds of the South Shore Cultural Center in South Shore and in Jackson Park, across Stony Island Avenue from the Hyde Park Academy in Woodlawn, would require acquisition of parkland.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he supports the bids of both the U. of C. and UIC,
http://www.estheti-chien.fr/ is also an option. Such transfers can be made via Bluetooth technology or through the data cable., which included a city owned swath of land in North Lawndale on the West Side as a possible site. Its two other proposed sites are on campus.

The mayor also has pledged to see that any land conveyance ordinances make their way through the City Council quickly and at minimal cost. However, opponents to using parkland to build the library would likely file a lawsuit, just as plans to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the lakefront south of downtown inspired a lawsuit.

A source familiar with the New York bid said the city does not see the competition as "a horse race where we have to beat another proposal."

The source said New York is not going to engage in a public relations campaign against Chicago or Honolulu.

"Each school and city has its own particular strengths with profound differences, which are not easily aligned," the source said.

There also has been speculation that the Obama family could decide to settle in New York rather than Chicago at the end of his term in 2016. When asked,
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But Carol Adams,
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"This is where he came of age politically to be able to do that run. That is what we reference to when we say, ‘Bring it on home,’" said Adams, a member of the U. of C.’s community advisory board on the presidential library.

As part of their campaign, she said,
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