Urban Renewal recalled

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

Hyde Parkers past and present are invited to share their memories of Urban Renewal with each other.

The fifth annual Hyde Park Stories program will focus on the events and lasting impressions that urban renewal left on Hyde Park.

The University of Chicago led the local initiative of the nation-wide trend of redeveloping urban environments to revitalize aging neighborhoods and combat the flight of residents to the suburbs.

The Hyde Park Historical society will invite Hyde Parkers to share their memories of urban renewal, during the time it was happening and its lasting effects, from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, August 4 at Montgomery Place, 5500 S. Shore Dr.

“We want to relate it back to throughout the years because the main part happened in the ’50s and ’60s but it has had a profound part in the neighborhood since,” said Kathy Huff, oral history co-chair for HPHS.

Participants are invited to sign up when they arrive and will be called to speak in the order they signed up. Attendees are limited to four minutes and will be given a one-minute warning.

Everyone is invited to bring and display their photos, postcards or any other visuals they have.

The event will be followed by a reception.

l.welbers@hpherald.com