Daily Archives: May 15, 2013

TIF council hears McMobil plans

TIF council hears McMobil plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Board subcommittee on planning and development meeting moved from Kenwood Academy’s little theater into the large auditorium to accommodate the crowd at Tuesday’s discussion of the proposed high rise development at the McMobil site. Roughly 150 Hyde Parkers discussed changes to the planned development, now(…)

Editorial: and a little travel advice

As of this weekend, the Red Line reconstruction project begins, which means Red Line service ends for at least five months. Residents from across the South Side who use the Red Line to get around will be shuttled to the Garfield Green Line stop. In the oft-understated parlance of the CTA: Expect delays. We have(…)

Editorial: zoning matters on 53rd St.

The debate over the planned high-rise development across from Nichols Park, called Vue53 by the developers and McMobil by everyone in the neighborhood, is shaking out to a few key points. We are enjoying watching that process unfold in the pages of our paper. As arguments are made both for and against the project, we(…)

Editorial: Delay Canter closure

As the vote to decide whether to close 54 Chicago Public Schools draws near — it is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 22 — we are endorsing a very sensible proposal regarding Canter Middle School, which is on the closure list, made by House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), whose district includes Canter, 4959(…)

Keep Canter open

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) The Chicago Board of Education will soon make decisions about school closures, decisions that will disrupt communities and displace large numbers of students. One can only hope that the board’s decisions will be made with care and caution. One can only hope that dislocated students will find themselves(…)

New McMobil development will be overall benefit

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Will Burns (4th) Alderman Burns: I am comforted to know that you are supportive of the current development plans of the McMobil site. After reading all the articles in the Herald and having my cars and homes blanketed with opposition flyers, I decided to write you.(…)

In solidarity with students on climate change vote

To the Editor: I stand with the 2,183 University of Chicago students who voted on the student government election ballot in favor of the fossil fuel divestment referendum, as reported by Lindsay Welbers in the May 8 issue. My wife attends the University of Chicago, earning a Ph.D. in Theology, and she voted in favor(…)

Do Mobil detractors use the gas station?

To the Editor: As a U. of C. alum (received an A.B. in geography, winter 1977), I remind the fine, outstanding citizens who today call Hyde Park home that: During the decade of the 1950s with some spillover into the 1960s, the University of Chicago not only threatened but also endeavored to leave Hyde Park.(…)

U. of C. road closure will harm local treasures

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) Dear Alderman Hairston: I am writing to express concern about the University of Chicago’s plans to close 58th Street between Woodlawn Avenue and University Avenue in order to create a pedestrian area between the Oriental Institute and the Becker-Friedman Institute. Although I am(…)

Why celebrating reading in school is important

To the Editor: As principal of St. Thomas the Apostle School, I invite everyone in the community to share in our students’ celebration of Children’s Book Week May 13 to 17. Why are we participating in this national literacy initiative? Because at St. Thomas the Apostle School, we know “Readers are Leaders.” Reading opens doors(…)

Hyde Park can do more in climate change fight

To the Editor: The University’s McMobil building will increase our parking problems, and I salute that. Instead of asking for more places to put our cars, we should learn from the greenest town in America – New York – that density means less parking, fewer cars – and less carbon dioxide. Last week the world(…)

Vue53 is what Hyde Park wants

To the Editor: In recent weeks, members of the Hyde Park community have shared their opinions about Mesa Development’s proposed project for 1330 E. 53rd St. in various ways — including in letters to this newspaper. In my role as the University of Chicago’s vice president for civic engagement, I have heard directly from individuals(…)

Make time for your masonry at HPHS

Make time for your masonry at HPHS

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A presentation on masonry restoration will take place Sunday, May 19, at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., the second in a four-part series of talks on home upkeep organized by members of the Hyde Park Historical Series (HPHS). Jan Golwacki, project manager for the(…)

Bike clinic at 57th Street beach

The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will be hosting a bicycle clinic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the 57th Street beach house, located along the lakefront. Visitors are invited to bring their bicycles for free repairs. The event will also feature a discussion on bike safety and routes and(…)

One last weekend to see Players show

The Hyde Park Community Players’ production “Oedipus! The Musical!” closes after this coming weekend’s performances. “Oedipus!” will be performed at The David and Reva Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., May 17 to May 19. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at 57th Street Books, 1301(…)

Cable cars at HPHS

Cable cars at HPHS

Journalist Greg Borzo will speak about Chicago’s historic cable-car system at the Hyde Park Historical Society building, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., Saturday, May 18. The talk begins at 2 p.m. Borzo says he first stumbled on information about the cable cars while researching the history of the “L” system. “It’s virtually unknown that Chicago(…)

TIF council hears McMobil plans

TIF council hears McMobil plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Board subcommittee on planning and development meeting moved from Kenwood Academy’s little theater into the large auditorium to accommodate the crowd at Tuesday’s discussion of the proposed high rise development at the McMobil site. Roughly 150 Hyde Parkers discussed changes to the planned development, now(…)

Judge backs CPS decision to close Canter

Judge backs CPS decision to close Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released the verdicts of independent judges that were commissioned to reside over the district’s final school closing hearings. Several of the reports, which were released last week, made cases for why some schools shouldn’t be closed — but the closing of Canter was not contested.(…)

CPS denies travel aid to fair winner

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Eva Lewis, 8th grader at Kenwood Academy High School Academic Center, is one of the winners of Illinois History Fair. In addition to winning in the fair she was named a National History Day Qualifier, which allows her to travel to Maryland to compete for a national prize. She(…)

Former CPS head: Closures flawed

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Argie Johnson, former superintendent of Chicago Public Schools, said while she is not opposed to school closings, CPS could have created a more inclusive process that might have made the transition smoother. She said should CPS decide to close Canter Middle School, a phase out approach(…)