News From Chicagoland

Ronald Reagan’s childhood home has been deemed “not historically significant” by administrators of the city of Chicago.

Consequently, the University of Chicago took a liberal joy-ride on a wrecking ball. They razed it to the ground.

There’s some irony to the geography here. The old Reagan place just happens to be in the very same Hyde Park neighborhood where the Obama family home is located.

I wonder: What are the odds the city of Chicago would have suddenly discovered historical significance to the building if a young Barry Soetoro had once called the place home?

  1. Edward Smith

    I’m not as upset by the razing of an apartment building where Ronald Reagan lived for a brief period of his childhood (his family moved a lot – a lot of people did back then then) as you, Nathan.

    But I do take your point about how the University of Chicago would view an apartment where Barack Obama grew up.

    And how some of the Liberal Commentators on various sites spoke of the razing is disrespectful, to say the least.  That upsets me, but does not surprise me.

    That said, it is 25 years after the Reagan presidency, and who is to say how people will treat the various dwelling places of Barack Obama in 25 years.

  2. DrewInWisconsin

    For some reason I’m suddenly reminded of how Soviet leadership dealt with those who’d fallen out of favor . . .

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  3. Valiuth

    I didn’t even know Reagan had ever lived in Hyde Park. After reading the article though I must say I support the universities decision to go ahead and tare the place down. Until you mentioned it here who really knew that the place existed. I work like 100 feet from the place and I never knew it was there. Plus the lot will be used for a parking structure, the new Hospital building will need all the parking it can get. The current Hospital Parking building is barely large enough to accommodate its current level of traffic.   

  4. Fricosis Guy

    From 2-3 years old, that is.  Let’s not stoop to manufacturing outrage.

    Nathan Harden: Reagan’s childhood home [snip]

  5. DocJay

    That’s OK, you should see the post I’m going to do about a tin hut in Kenya I ripped apart. It was some new eco adventure package, the whole family had a blast.

  6. Kervinlee

    Shameful. Petty and shameful.

  7. Duane Oyen

    I re4ad this last week, and honestly didn’t really care, precisely because it was so young and brief.  If it had been the birthplace or Eureka College, sure. 

    I think we need to marshal our outrage and concentrate it on consequential matters.  President Reagan was a great man, not a saint for whom touching his religious relics brings healing.  And I think that he would joke about his if he were around today.

  8. David Williamson

    I’m sure Mr Obama’s childhood home in, er, Hawaii will be lovingly restored by a grateful and worshipful populace.

  9. Hegesias

    I agree with Valiuth.  I prefer erring on the side of preservation, but it is hard to see how this place could have any historical value.  It certainly is not architecturally interesting or even in very good shape.  (The plaque they put there will almost necessarily be more aesthetically valuable, however plain.)  The fact that Reagan lived at that location for a couple years as a tot is the only thing of interest. Given the lack of anything beyond sentimental value for a few and the clear benefit to the University and the neighborhood, the large practical, daily benefit gained by the University’s plans pretty easily outweigh the cost.

  10. RightinChicago
    Edward Smith: I’m not as upset by the razing of an apartment building where Ronald Reagan lived for a brief period of his childhood (his family moved a lot – a lot of people did back then then) as you, Nathan.

    But I do take your point about how the University of Chicago would view an apartment where Barack Obama grew up.

    And how some of the Liberal Commentators on various sites spoke of the razing is disrespectful, to say the least.  That upsets me, but does not surprise me.

    That said, it is 25 years after the Reagan presidency, and who is to say how people will treat the various dwelling places of Barack Obama in 25 years. · 50 minutes ago

    Agreed

  11. Edward Smith

    I have this daydream:

    Elected to the office of President, I would carefully remove and put in storage everything in it having to do with every President except:

    Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Lindon Baynes Johnson, James Earl Carter, William Jefferson Clinton, and Barack Husein Obama

    and then I would burn the White House down to remove from the site the tarnish brought to to by those Presidents and rebuild it.

    I leave out the 19th Century Nincompoops because the damage they did has healed over and been replaced with new scar tissue.

  12. DocJay
    David Williamson: I’m sure Mr Obama’s childhood home in, er, Hawaii will be lovingly restored by a grateful and worshipful populace. · 2 hours ago

    That’s what I meant. Sorry, I get confused.