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Meet the 7 Finalists Competing to Design the Obama Presidential Library

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The road to the Obama Presidential Library has been a long one, from a multi-city competition to a scramble by Chicago to secure public land for two proposed sites, itself setting off a debate over public land use and the donation of prized parkland designed by one of the country's foremost landscape architects, to the winnowing down of different architecture firms. Sounds like a fitting metaphor for the slow grind of governance in D.C. But finally, the selection process seems near its final stage, with the Barack Obama Foundation having just released a list of seven finalists who will submit proposals for the library early next year. Here's a rundown of the competitors fighting for this prized commission.

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