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Chicago's Olympic Pickle

As part of its bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Chicago has broad plans for a proposed Olympic Village. Preservationists are protesting, as those plans involve the demolition historic architecture by Walter Gropius. A decision has been delayed.

"In July, city officials agreed to delay their plans to demolish the Michael Reese hospital campus, which would serve as the site of the Olympic Village should the city win its bid to host the 2016 games. The demolition, officials said, was being delayed to address abatement issues on the site, and had nothing to do with a groundswell of concern from preservationists over the destruction of a 37-acre campus planned by Walter Gropius."

Though alternatives have been drawn up, Olympic planners may still end up demolishing the Gropius buildings and completely revising his master planned campus.

Full Story: Groping for Alternatives

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