Obama in Jackson Park

APA Illinois Chapter


Thursday, September 14, 2017
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CDT

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Follows up on article on presidential centers published in Planning magazine in November 2014. Article by Ruth Knack, FAICP, former executive editor of Planning. Also builds on well-received session organized by Ruth Knack for 2015 conference of Society of American City and Regional Planning History.  Plans are now under way for the Obama presidential center  and library in an historic, Olmsted-designed park on the south side of Chicago. Proponents argue that it will bring jobs to the area and boost the surrounding neighborhoods. Critics counter that the new development will harm the park environmentally and destroy its historic charm. They are promoting the idea of a community benefits agreement.

Learning objectives: how to reconcile competing demands; how to insert new development in an historic landscape. 


Ward Miller

Confirmed Speaker

Ward Miller Executive Director at Preservation Chicago Preservation Chicago Illinois Institute of Technology Read More

Ruth Knack, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

Former executive editor Planning magazine

Brenda Nelms

Confirmed Speaker

Brenda Nelms Senior Director, Foundation & Corporate Relations at University of Chicago Read More

Contact Info

Trevor Dick, trevordick77@gmail.com