A new Cold War is brewing here in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and it has nothing to do with the frigid temperature.

The apartment building at 832 E. 57th Street was once the Chicago home of a boy who would become a President.

No, it’s not Barack Obama of Hawaii. It was at the apartment’s first floor window that a young Ronald Reagan looked out upon the world.

But some powerful Chicagoans are planning to demolish Reagan’s historic home. Is it politically motivated? Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel behind the move?

It was a different world back in 1915. Reagan’s family had moved here from Tampico, Illinois. His father had gotten a job at the famed Marshall Field’s – now only a memory. A coin-operated gas lamp was the only home’s only source of heat.

But it didn’t stop a young “Dutch” Reagan from dreaming.

Young Reagan would watch the horse-drawn fire engines galloping wildly down the streets to save the day and he decided that he, too, would become a firefighter. It was here, too, that he survived a bout with pneumonia – he had the fight in him even then.

You can almost imagine him skipping down these streets, playing with his brother Neil,  whose nickname was “Moon.”

What makes a man great? And what makes a great president? Historians pen large tomes about that. Every man is the sum of his experiences – his loves, his losses, his achievements, and failures. How he sees the world and how the world sees him.

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  • disqus_4eKkGa1JQd

    This goes to show how classless Obama is; no other President would have ever thought of doing that.

    • Disgusted

      Who ever said Oblamer had class?

    • Retired DI

      NoBama doesn’t have class……only gas and most of that is in the form of hot-air!

  • bobindallas

    No library for a non-resident alien.

  • VanceJ

    No respect for his bettors, typical of this P*SS ANT

  • Me Sovereign

    Typical for muslims;;; to build over any historical Christan (infidel) values….Kind of like
    “Pissing” on the Grave Remember the NY mosque….?

    • hiway280z

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • vet speaking

    oblaba has lots of libraries already!!! I built one for him a couple years ago—-it’s called an outdoor toilet by most!!!

  • Frank37

    twisters are not common in chicago. If they build a library for OBAMA there,I hope a twister blows every brick in that library to bits.Who the hell wants to remember OBAMA?

  • dghealy

    Well I have heard that all the republicans are rich, (alll but me) Maybe someone will buy it.. Lets hope.

  • Carmen

    No way the low life will destroy the greatest President Reagan childhood home. He must be strop. Obama does not deserve a library.

    • tpvotu

      wake up people it has nothing to do with the president.
      Now, the little-known childhood home of Ronald Reagan in Hyde Park could soon be torn down by the University of Chicago

    • lara

      r u blind and deaf and not in the real world..wake up..

  • Retired DI

    Nobummer…………traitor in the White House

  • Mr_ES_Man

    Heck…. why not? It’s just one more of his classless acts! This one (to me) is likened to the anti-christ entering God’s Most Holy Place in the Tabernacle

  • redwolf6911

    Thought the Democratic donors were buying the Obama’s a home in Hawaii and that his library would be there. I would love to see this trashy couple totally somewhere else.

  • tpvotu

    University officials, who bought Reagan’s home in 2004 and ordered tenants out a year ago, refuse to publicly discuss their plans for the building or the surrounding area. Spokesman Jeremy Manier said the university has “no announcements to make.”

    Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) — whose ward includes the Reagan home — also says she is unaware of any demolition plans and that the school has improved its communication with residents.

    But sources inside and outside the university versed in its real estate policy say it is in private talks to demolish the home, and that the university has long considered buying up and razing the entire block and the block to the east as essential to hospital expansion. The $700 million, 10-story Hospital Pavilion, due to open in 2013, already looms over Reagan’s home across 57th Street.

    Records show the university spent millions buying at least 60 percent of the two blocks over the last 20 years, with most purchased since 2000 now standing vacant. It already owns blocks to the immediate north, south and east, while Washington Park blocks westward expansion. A university source said at least some officials have known of the Reagan connection for years.

    Frank Grabowski, who sold the Reagan building to the university but kept the mantel for his own Bloomingdale home, said the official he dealt with knew Reagan had lived there, but “wasn’t concerned and wanted to pull it down.”

    Offering a possible motive for the university’s silence, he quipped, “I didn’t want too many people to know the history: It would have made headaches for me as owner.”

  • Anthony Alexander

    Like the Muslims who erect mosques after doing their anti-christ deeds like the Dome of the Rock, 9/11 with the Mosque in NYC to this….it should come to no surprise……

  • lara

    typical way the muslims build mosques on countries they take down..destroy a Reagan historic home and put up a parking lot..Its a disgrace..but it is the muslim way…

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