For John, BLUF: This is more a monument to the individual than a true research center. Nothing to see here; just move along.
UChicago faculty denounce plans for Obama Presidential Center: ‘object-lesson in the mistakes of the past’
From The College Fix, by Mr Drew van Voorhis (San Diego State University), 29 January 2018.
Here is the lede plus one:
Faculty at the University of Chicago have joined a growing chorus of Chicagoans voicing alarm and anger over the planned Obama Presidential Center, set to be built in a sprawling historic park in the south side of the city.First off, this is not a standard Presidential Library. This Presidential Center, like President Hoover's Library, will operate outside the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Do we see a pattern here? Maybe the less we know the better.
Residents and environmentalists alike have signaled frustration and opposition to the plans to build the large, five-building mecca in the heart of the beloved, 140-year-old park flanking Lake Michigan — and many faculty at the private university located blocks away from the site agree.
My recommendation is that it be established in Hawaii, The Aloha State, President Obama's place of birth, where it could become a part of the State's tourism industry.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff