Editorial: Obama center: Four years, five months and counting. Time to break ground

Rewind to July 2016, when word leaked that Barack and Michelle Obama had chosen Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side as the venue for the Obama Presidential Center. Much of Chicago buzzed with excitement and satisfaction. The site, nestled in a corner of the park near the Museum of Science and Industry, stoked visions of “Museum Campus South.” Still president at the time, Obama promised more than an homage to his legacy in choosing Chicago over other possible sites, including New York City. He talked of creating an engine for youth engagement and South Side revitalization. What’s happened sinc…

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