Daniel Burnham

Preserve parkland that would be used for Obama library

Carving off 20 or so acres from public parks (such as Washington Park and Jackson Park) for the Obama presidential library flies in the face of the guiding principle of Daniel Burnham: that land should be set aside for all the people and not a privileged few. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District commissioners (who are appointed and not elected by residents of the city of Chicago) are serving the privileged few. Especially on hot summer days, parks are the refuge for people without air-conditioning in crowded conditions.

Moreover, parks are important for outdoor recreation, family gatherings and picnics, all of which help to bring together family and friends and foster...