The University of Chicago recently purchased the childhood home of late President Ronald Reagan and has announced that it plans to knock down the building and use the space for a parking lot.
There is speculation that the property, located at 832 East 57th Street in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, will be used to provide parking for Barack Obama’s Presidential Library.
Some believe that the liberal-leaning university wants to eliminate all traces of the conservative Reagan living in the city and that building a parking lot for Chicago icon Obama provides the perfect excuse. Hyde Park Historical Society board member Jack Spicer said, “Whatever you think of Reagan — once the building’s gone, it’s gone forever.”
Whether this plan will actually come to fruition or whether it is just speculation by conspiracy theorists remains to be seen, but there is definitely some evidence to support the theories.
Last year, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks denied Reagan’s former home landmark status. Bulldozers were set to move in and begin demolishing the building but Reagan’s home was granted a last minute stay of execution by the City of Chicago. However the delay was only granted for 90 days.
Also, although the University of Chicago has yet to be awarded President Obama’s library, the university is aggressively lobbying for that honor. Adding fuel to the fire, Obama taught Constitutional law at the university’s law school and his wife, Michelle, and one of his closest advisers, Valerie Jarrett, are former executives at the university. President Obama’s current Chicago home is also near the site.
According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, the rumors aren’t true. He took to Twitter to put the word out. “The report is false,’ he wrote. ‘Shocking, I know.”
Source: (Daily Mail)