"In 2009, in the frenzy of planning leading up to Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, the city purchased this 40-acre hospital campus in the Bronzeville neighborhood and began to tear it down to make way for an Olympic Village — despite protests from residents and preservationists. Many of the post-World War II buildings were prized because they had been designed by the architect Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus School. After demolition began, Chicago was among the first cities to be eliminated as a potential Olympic host. The Games went to Rio de Janeiro, and the hospital site languishes."
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