for this assignment you will take a position in one of three ongoing controversies about historic preservation in the city of chicago

For this assignment, you will take a position in one of three ongoing controversies about historic preservation in the city of Chicago: the proposed Pilsen Historic District, the proposed demolition of the Thompson Center, or the proposed construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. If you wish to write about a different Chicago preservation controversy, please speak with me.

Your goal in this assignment is to convince your reader that the costs of historic preservation either are or are not worth it in the specific situation you have chosen.

Write as if your intended audience were readers of a newspaper op-ed page such as those of the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, or New York Times, or of a magazine about architecture and urbanism such as Curbed or The Architect’s Newspaper. You can assume that they are generally well-informed and interested in Chicago history.

Your essay will be graded according to the following criteria:

  • Do you clearly state your thesis in the opening paragraph?
  • Do you support your thesis with a logically organized argument?
  • Do you offer evidence to support each leg of your argument?
  • Is your evidence properly cited?
  • Do you respond to some of the likely objections to your argument?
  • Does your introduction inform the reader how your essay fits into the ongoing discussion around your subject?
  • Is your writing clear and concise?
  • Do your revisions show that you have responded thoughtfully to peer and instructor feedback?
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