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UCPD protesters challenge U. of C.-backed findings

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago released the final report following the investigation after a trauma care protest in January resulted in four arrests and another in February where a police officer went undercover posing as a protestor. Patricia Brown Holmes at Schiff Hardin LLP was contracted as an independent body to(…)

Thanks to Board of Ed

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) I am pleased that the members of the Chicago Board of Education agreed with our community and with me that it makes no sense to deny Canter Middle School seventh graders the chance to finish their 8th grade year in place. Closing the school now would have meant(…)

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(…)