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 usually a pedestrian myself when getting around Hyde Park, I think that this plan creates a very bad precedent of taking public property for private use. I am also concerned about the loss of parking for people attending the Oriental Institute Museum and related programs as well as those who attend programs at nearby Rockefeller Chapel, Robie House and the Booth School, not to mention the soon-to-be-opened Becker-Friedman Institute.

Please stand up for the rights of all citizens of Hyde Park and oppose this street closing! Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Alice Newman Mulberry