University of Chicago to Tear Down Reagan's Home in Hyde Park

University of Chicago to Tear Down Reagan's Home in Hyde Park
Reagan's Chicago Home

Many people know that President Reagan was born Illinois and lived here while growing up.

Few know that Reagan lived in Chicago.

Most think of his downstate homes, his birth home in Tampico and his childhood home in Dixon, Illinois.

Few are aware that Reagan lived only a few short blocks from the home of the current president, President Obama.

In 1915, Reagan's father brought his family to a cold water flat at 832 E. 57th Street, Chicago, in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Reagan's first memories are from this humble building.

The University of Chicago Medical Center plans to level the flat and replace with a grassy strip bording a new parking lot.

This at the same time that the University of Chicago is lobbying to have the future Presidential Library of Barrack Oba

One president gets a grassy strip and the other, whose historical value is far from being determined, already is having monuments and Presidential Libraries being planned.

This is kind of like Reagan getting little credit for the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War and President Obama getting a Noble Prize for showing up.

Is the University of Chicago a place of higher learning or a center for supposed hope and change?

 

 

 

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  • At first I thought it would be torn down from something important--a cancer research center, classrooms and so forth. Then I see that it's for a grassy strip next to a parking lot. Jeez.

    Not to suggest that University of Chicago has no respect for the conservative president, but....

  • "This is kind of like Reagan getting little credit for the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War and President Obama getting a Noble Prize for showing up."

    Actually it's not. It might if in fact Reagan weren't lionized for standing up to the Soviet Union ("Tear down this wall!"), and hadn't already had his actual childhood home in Dixon, Illinois turned into a museum, and didn't have bridges, highways, airports, schools, state buildings, federal buildings, and who knows what else named after him.

    If you're seriously suggesting this site be memorialized, start working on getting the U of C to include a plaque in their grassy strip. If you're in fact hoping that the building will be preserved so that people can come bask in the warm glow of the fourth-floor walk-up that he lived in for less than a year at four years old, well, I will continue to laugh in your general direction.

  • Bearsssssss.....

    You're kind of hostile, aren't you?

    At least Reagan was dead mostly when thing started to be named for him. We already have streets named for Obama in the Chicago area, Calumet Park, for one.

    Lighten up. Just because you take your name from a team that last won the Superbowl when Reagan was president, shouldn't make you
    so bitter.

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