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Reagan home, 2011
From her Washington Examiner op-ed piece:
On Oct. 17, 2012, the university held a meeting announcing plans to demolish the building. I became involved with a group of dedicated Reaganites and Hyde Park preservationists to save the home -- an effort that became especially urgent when demolition equipment showed up on site on Dec. 27.
At that point, I spoke with Eleanor Gorski, Chicago's assistant commissioner/director of historic preservation, who approves demolition permits. She affirmed in January that she expected the review process -- required by law because the city's 1985 Historic Resources Survey listed Reagan's home in the top 2 percent of historic buildings in Chicago -- will take the full 90 days [to review], and that landmark status remains a possibility for Reagan's childhood home. (The home was denied landmark status in late 2012 after community activist Redd Griffin, a friend of mine who championed this cause before his death last year, formally wrote the Chicago Landmarks Commission to "suggest" that designation.)
It does appear that a solution could be in the works. Peter Strazzabosco, a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, had been downplaying the worth of the Reagan home, but the University of Chicago's student newspaper, the Chicago Maroon, subsequently quoted him saying that "the City of Chicago's Historic Preservation Division will use this time to 'reach out to the property owner and discuss alternatives to demolition.' "
Shortly thereafter, we incorporated Friends of President Reagan's Chicago Home as a nonprofit in Illinois to work with the university to honor President Reagan's memory appropriately and complete the Ronald Reagan Trail in Illinois. We also intend to make a contribution to all the Reagan homes in Illinois each year, "underscoring," as our corporate purpose statement notes, that the trail "is one, with the Chicago home enhancing the whole."
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Even though the library could be a mile or more away.
And that parking garage could end up right next to the still-standing Reagan home.
Oh, before I forget: Wednesday would have been Reagan's 102nd birthday.
- Friends of Reagan's Chicago Home blog: Obama library story "utterly inaccurate"
- Save the Chicago Reagan apartment from destruction
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- Ronald Reagan Trail: Chicago and the likely demolition of the Reagan apartment
- Save the Chicago Reagan Apartment Facebook page launches
- Marathon Pundit's Ronald Reagan Trail
- Report from Tampico, Illinois on Reagan's 100th birthday
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