Saturday, 15 November 2014

Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts,

It seems not everyone is happy with the prospect of a museum by George Lucas in Chicago.  In particular where it's going, on the lake-front.  A lawsuit has been filed by opponents to try and stop the project.  They've even gone as far to say its an 'assault on the shores of Lake Michigan.'

The federal lawsuit filed by Chicago advocacy group Friends of the Parks argues the city has no authority to hand over the land, citing a legal principle known as the public trust doctrine. That doctrine makes the state a trustee over natural resources and requires it to ensure open spaces are preserved and accessible to the public.
Group president Cassandra Francis says members aren’t against the museum, just its location along the lake.
“Chicago’s lakefront is the envy of waterfront cities throughout the world,” she told reporters. “The humongous scale of the museum is ... an assault to the shores of Lake Michigan.”
The lawsuit is the latest trouble for The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, where the filmmaker wants to enshrine his collection of art and movie memorabilia. The California native chose Chicago after negotiations over a waterfront site fell through with San Francisco.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel embraced the idea, and the city has offered to make the land available in a lease, with Lucas bankrolling construction and operation costs.
Read more on this development at http://www.nwherald.com/2014/11/13/lawsuit-fights-george-lucas-lakefront-museum-plan/aqp7elw/

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