The Midway Plaisance Advisory Council (MPAC) reflected on the accomplished year and questioned the cessation of a contempo burghal address that the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) will not endanger the Midway’s celebrated cachet at its December and January meetings.
The December meeting’s calm atmosphere and focus on archetypal esplanade issues drew a abrupt adverse with a acrimonious November affair in which MPAC reelected its three bounden admiral and anesthetized a resolution to never accomplish a account about the hotly contested OPC.
But tensions resurfaced at the council’s January affair back associates discussed the revised Assessment of Effects (AOE) address apropos the OPC. The report, appear on January 16, declared that while the OPC will attempt the “historic integrity” of Jackson Esplanade and the Midway Plaisance, the parks’ statuses on the National Register of Celebrated Places (NRHP) will not be threatened.
Several associates bidding agnosticism about the claim, acquainted that it was a abstract cessation of the Illinois Department of Transportation Cultural Resources Unit instead of a bounden determination. Multiple attendees absolved the account as alone “an opinion.”
MPAC affiliate Mike McNamee additionally bidding his affair that, in the Consulting Party Comments area of the report, several statements from alone associates of MPAC were afield attributed to the alignment as a whole. The anatomy again voted absolutely to acquaintance Burghal assembly to acquaint them that the comments were “incorrectly articular as an official representation of MPAC” and appeal its abatement from this area of the report.
Other altercation capacity included the aperture of the Midway skating amphitheatre for winter, the abeyant architecture of a bikeway from Jackson Esplanade to Washington Park, and acknowledgment sales at the Midway skating amphitheatre during the advancing year.
According to MPAC leadership, the accumulation added than angled its admeasurement in the accomplished year—growing to over 100 associates in 2019. In an account with The Maroon, MPAC admiral Bronwyn Nichols Lodato attributed the fasten in appearance to contempo appropriate events, such as the November elections and an August affair with Burghal assembly apropos the architecture of recreational amplitude on the Midway.
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