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"Pledged twenty five million dollars in city funds to help make it a reality. The city also used eminent domain to seize several properties on the lot residents that lived in those buildings were paid to leave. So the city could clear the land of all existing structures. Everything would be leveled a year later. Think about the possible impact of development like this. In addition to jobs, it could raise property values. Dry new residents and spark additional investment. It was also novel neighborhood residents were excited about the proposal. Michael Scott, junior grew up in Northland deal. He was in his early twenties and away at college. When he first heard about the movie studio was man, this is going to be really cool. Maybe I should change. My major in go into film and broadcast in because I can come home and have something in my community in which can be employed in possibly make a lot of money despite the excitement in the neighborhood and backing from the city the project had trouble getting off the ground financial problems caused years of delays, even mayor Daley eventually backtracked. He told the Chicago Tribune in two thousand two that there was no guarantee the studio would ever be built over the next few years news articles would declare the project back on again with a vengeance. But then the scale of the project was reduced to a third of the original plan other critical funding fell through and the movie studio never broke ground. Because the movie studio failed. The land was still available for something else. Something even more dramatic and high profile. Let's talk for a moment about presidential legacies. There are thirteen presidential libraries run by the national archives. When President Obama leaves office. The construction of the fourteenth will begin a nonprofit foundation created to build the Obama presidential library is considering proposals from several contenders to host the library one of those contenders. The silver shovel lot. Yes, the land John Christopher dumped on was now in the running to be the new home of the Obama presidential library organizers from north Lauderdale teamed up with officials from the university of Illinois, Chicago, or you see together they laid out a pitch that would transform the lot into an ultra-modern campus with futuristic buildings and manicured landscaping. It looked like it could have been the headquarters of tech company in Silicon Valley, the U ic- plan also included an elevated Greenway like New York's Highline and it planned for a new bus route. That would have connected north Lauderdale to the university campus. Obama's former chief of staff and mayor Daley successor Rahm Emanuel committed to donating the vacant land to the Obama foundation. Emmanuel also pledged to reopen station along one of the city's public train lines to better connect the library to other parts of the city. This plan would have brought development to north Lonsdale and connected it to the city's renaissance. In September two thousand fourteen north London was announced as a finalist alongside at. We're sites in Hawaii where the president was born New York where the president went to college and the south side of Chicago where the president got his start in politics. Chicago. You I see made it promotional video and support of the north Lonsdale site the video was shot at Sumner elementary school and highlighted the people that would be across the street every day the students the video was called Obama library signed sealed delivered appealing directly to President Obama. It was named after the Stevie Wonder song, the president had used on the campaign trail. In the video students from Sumner are gathered in the auditorium. Two boys in matching ties get up on stage to address a crowd of their peers all the students are wearing white t shirts with red lettering across the chest that reads Barack Obama presidential library UIC north Lonsdale. A shared destiny of transformation. The wind.."