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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(…)

Experts weigh in on McMobil zoning requirements

Experts weigh in on McMobil zoning requirements

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers were given a crash course in zoning last week, the evening prior to a committee of the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council’s discussion on the proposed 13-story mixed use building on 53rd Street. Mesa Development has requested a zoning change and submitted a planned development proposal for the(…)

Fair Trader closes its doors

Fair Trader closes its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Fair Trader closed up shop last weekend. “We’re closing because we don’t have enough business to stay open. That’ll do the trick,” co-owner Cindy Pardo said. “Between the economy and the high cost of rent and I’m not sure what else we just are not able to keep the(…)

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park popcorn vendor Gloria Henderson’s lease on a retail space under the Metra Electric line officially expired Tuesday, April 30. The closing of Glorious Confectionary Le Noir, located at 1551 E. 51st St., followed a strained relationship between Henderson and her landlord, Metra, from whom she began(…)

Art fair bouncing back this year

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The annual 57th Street Art fair will take place the first weekend in June. The number of artists participating in the event is expected to increase this year, according to a committee member. Irene Patner, who has been a member of the 57th Street Art Fair Committee for about(…)