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Canter vote a good start

Canter vote a good start

The Chicago Board of Education voted last week to phase out Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., instead of abruptly closing the school’s doors at the end of this year. This means a shock wave that would have affected half of Hyde Park’s elementary schools and many, many families has been averted. We congratulate(…)

Mesa’s McMobil parking numbers are all wrong

To the Editor: At the May 7 meeting of the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council, Mesa Development claimed that it was providing 230 parking spaces for the McMobil development, which exceeded the 200 parking spaces required under existing zoning. This claim is contradicted by the traffic study prepared by Mesa’s consultant, KLOA. The traffic study(…)

Restore our historical density with McMobil plan

To the Editor: I am writing in support of the Vue53 development. Many letters have already been written in favor (and against) this development. I wanted to take a historical prospective. Hyde Park used to be a more urban neighborhood that had a denser population and several thriving commercial districts. During Urban Renewal, the population(…)

Happy to see Vue53 has city support

To the Editor: I was happy to see the Chicago Plan Commission passed the plan to build Vue 53. I think it is an improvement for Hyde Park. When I walk down 53rd Street from Lake Park to Ellis avenues, I notice how underdeveloped Ellis to Kenwood avenues is. The building is in scale for(…)

Thanks to supporters of Kenwood student

To the Editor: Eva Lewis, 8th grader at Kenwood Academy High School Academic Center, and I, Valerie Andrews-Lewis, Eva’s mother, would like to thank all of our supporters for their very generous contributions in making it possible for Eva to represent Illinois and Kenwood Academy as a participant in the Kenneth E. Behring National History(…)

ArtShould in HP

A showcase featuring the artwork of students from several schools in the Hyde Park neighborhood will take place on May 31. The exhibit is free and open to the entire community. ArtShould is a children’s arts program, which was founded and is run by students from the University of Chicago. The students recruit volunteers from(…)

Director seeks ’63 strike participants

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor As the 50th anniversary of the 200,000-strong Oct. 22, 1963 boycott against Chicago Public Schools overcrowding and then-superintendent Benjamin WIllis approaches, Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn is directing a documentary on the event, and he is looking for Hyde Parkers who were involved in the historic school strike.(…)

Kenwood music department holds spring festival

The music department at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is holding its spring arts band festival. The festival takes place at the school at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31. Tickets for the event are $10.