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Ronald Reagan's Childhood Home to be Torn Down and Replaced by Potential New Site of Obama Library

Jan 30, 2013 President Ronald Reagan’s childhood home in Chicago is scheduled to be demolished. The University of Chicago recently purchased the property and announced that it intends to turn the property into a parking lot. According to a report in The Washington Times, that plot could soon be the parking lot for the future site of President Barack Obama’s presidential library. “Whatever you think of Reagan — once the building’s gone, it’s gone forever,” Hyde Park Historical society board member Jack Spicer told the U.K Daily Mail. Their report speculates that political motives may be behind the University of Chicago’s decision to raze the apartment building which housed the nation’s 40th president in his youth. Some have said that the liberal Chicago establishment does not want a reminder that Reagan, a conservative icon, once lived in the city. Its current mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, was the White House Chief of Staff during Obama’s first term. The school has been lobbying the White House to become the site of Obama’s presidential library after he leaves office in 2017.


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