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Preckwinkle and Reese

With the demise of Chicago 2016, Ald. Toni Preckwinkle is now the only public voice demanding wholesale demolition of Walter Gropius’s Reese Modern campus, as the Chicago Journal’s latest piece indicates.

She’s taking this position despite widespread support for preservation among her constituents.  And not just architecture buffs and preservationists:  At a ward meeting on the Olympic Village in August, many residents of Lake Meadows and Prairie Shores sported “Save Michael Reese” stickers.

The Gropius in Chicago Coalition points out that Preckwinkle was momentarily stumped when asked by Chicago Talks “what her constituents would like to see on the site.”  She replied: “We’re not there yet.  I would presume we’ll have a planning process as we go forward that will involve community residents.”

Notes the coalition, that community involvement will presumably occur after demolition is complete.

Preckwinkle may also be the only person who doesn’t believe Walter Gropius designed any buildings at Reese, as she told WTTW last month.  The Gropius coalition has said she’s rebuffed repeated offers to share their research with her.

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Category: Bronzeville, development, Olympics, preservation


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