Stop Opposition to Chicago's Jackson Park & South Shore Neighborhood Development Efforts

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Jackson Park was created to host the historic 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.  The splendid architecture designed by Daniel “Make No Small Plans” Burnham and the landscape created by Fredrick Law Olmsted, so captivated the world that Chicago became prominent on the world stage. The South Shore community developed and flourished around the park and the South Shore Country Club—once a playground for the wealthy.

Over the decades, some of the luster of Jackson Park has faded, as has the vibrancy of the South Shore community. However-- today community members and benefactors are interested in reviving the area because of its beautifully unique lakeside location and the extravagant, though worn, elegance of Jackson Park. Essential restoration is long overdue.

Community members and stakeholders are reviving the South Shore area through two projects—the Barack Obama Presidential Center and combining the Jackson Park and South Shore Golf Courses into one, designed by golf legend Tiger Woods. These projects offer South Shore and surrounding neighborhoods a unique and once in a life time opportunity to recapture the community’s splendor and prominence as a cultural mecca.

Regarding these projects, no communities have had more round tables, meetings, discussions, hearings, and design input than the communities of South Shore, Woodlawn and Hyde Park. Our communities have been working alongside project planners and stakeholders to minimize the effects of alterations necessary to accomplish these projects. We have insisted that all changes be offset with generous compensations that honor the legacy of Burnham and Olmsted and at the same time, enhance community benefits for all. 

Overwhelmingly, community residents support these projects and see them as the life blood for the revival of our multiple communities. However a tiny group, but well connected to the local media, has attempted to disrupt any progress. Their actions suggest that they do not want the projects to succeed and have opposed the development from the beginning. By way of negative media campaigns, they are attempting to present the impression that they are the voice of our community; they are not.  Presently, they are using the Three D’s tactic-- Discuss, Delay, and Deny--hoping to turn public opinion against the projects to the extent that elected officials and project stakeholders will stop all project development.

These few cynical people do not speak for the majority of vested community residents and all Chicagoans; we speak for ourselves. This restoration effort is a once in a lifetime opportunity to revive Jackson Park and the South Shore area. Moreover, we want this for the City of Chicago and its many global visitors who enjoy traveling to our beautiful city each year!

We are asking you to please sign this petition and support restoration for one of Chicago's finest historic neighborhoods. Your voice for change is needed and your signature is an extension of our collective voice. So please, let your voice be heard today!



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