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Deeper meaning in our recurring worries

To the Editor: After a thorough reading of the letters about Harper Court and McMobil, do we recognize an underlying concern? After thoughts about the view, scale, anonymity, traffic and parking and transportation, is there a common angst? Hyde Park-Kenwood has its identity. We are an active, broadly interested community with a right to think(…)

Hyde Park needs McMobil development

To the Editor: I fully support the efforts of Mesa Development LLC to revitalize 53rd Street with its high-rise and leased commercial space where the Mobil gas station is now located. As a parent with a full-time job and very busy children, I welcome the opportunity to secure more stores and restaurants with quality options(…)

Quality of life harmed by McMobil project

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Dear Alderman Burns: In my third year as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, I moved out of the dorms and into a beautiful privately-owned building at 5221 S. Kenwood Ave. I chose it because it was an older building seeping with(…)

McMobil project scale bad for Hyde Park

To the Editor: Since the building currently proposed for the “McMobil” site on 53rd Street would be directly across from Nichols Park, the Nichols Park Advisory Council feels it is appropriate for us to express our concerns. We believe the primary benefit of a mixed-use development on that site will be to fill in the(…)

U. of C. students’ activism hopeful sign

To the Editor: In the fight against climate change, the student-led campaign encouraging colleges and universities to end their fossil-fuel investments is a genuinely hopeful sign. While financial analyses have shown that divestiture won’t negatively impact institutional portfolios, doing the right thing shouldn’t require a fiscal rationale. Education is based on the principle that knowledge(…)

Salonen charms in cohoots with Yo-Yo Ma

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, returned once again recently to wintry Chicago to lead the CSO and to collaborate with one of the world’s most admired cellists. Saturday night, March 2, at Symphony Center, Salonen opened a well-proportioned concert with a(…)

Review “An American Story for Actor and Orchestra”

RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through April 14 Tickets: $60-$65 Phone: 312-988-9000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Hershey Felder has carved out a niche crafting portraits of famous dead composers, and Chicago audiences have enjoyed his individualistic interpretations of George Gershwin, Frederic Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Leonard Bernstein in(…)

“Afro Beats” at the Logan Center

The Fulcrum Point New Music Project ensemble is presenting a performance from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. The program, entitled “Afro Beats Family Concert,” features music by Paquito d’Rivera and Thelonious Monk performed by musicians Morikeba Kouyate, Idy(…)

Music teachers add church venue

Music teachers add church venue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP) is organizing the three-part MTHP Artist Series concerts at The United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E 53rd St., slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. this Monday, March 18. The performances will be MTHP’s first in the building, and will benefit both(…)

Don’t deny education for all

By TIMUEL D. BLACK I am fortunate that on Friday, Feb. 15, I have been invited to be a guest at President Obama’s appearance at Hyde Park High School, where I was a faculty member for more than two years. I had friends that attended Hyde Park High School more than 50 years ago. I(…)

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

Hyde Parker seeks CTU position

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Patricia Breckenridge plans to run against Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis in the upcoming CTU election in May. Breckenridge said displaced teachers were not represented well during last year’s contract negotiations. “During the strike we weren’t allowed to bargain for the recall of teachers,” said(…)

Poll rejects McMobil plan

A majority of the respondents to a text poll conducted by the Hyde Park Herald in recent weeks reject the 13-story high-rise development proposed by Mesa Development LLC at the Mobil gas station and former Mcdonalds site across from Nichols Park, known as the McMobil site to Hyde Parkers. More than 60 percent of voters —(…)

U. of C. police under scrutiny

U. of C. police under scrutiny

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department will be subject to increased scrutiny after its interactions with protesters in recent months have upset students and community members. The University of Chicago will review the policies and practices that led to the allegedly violent arrests of four protestors outside of the Center(…)

Climate change petition delivered

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Students at the University of Chicago aren’t remaining silent in their demand that the university stop investing its money in companies that deal in coal and fossil fuels. “The petition is something we’ve been working on getting signed all quarter,” said Marissa Lieberman-Klein, a fourth year anthropology student. The student(…)

Foster parent group fundraiser

Envision Unlimited’s foster parent advisory council will be sponsoring a bake sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at 5333 S. Greenwood Ave. The Chicago-based non-profit assists and provides for special needs children. Proceeds from the sale will go to Envision Unlimited’s Foster Care Program and children they serve, according to(…)

Local schools updates

Murray The 7th and 8th grade boys basketball team at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., advanced to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) City Finals by beating Beasley Elementary School, 5255 S. State St., 45 to 41, in four overtimes in the Burnham Park Network Championship game. The finals will take place at 4:45(…)

MAC wants Regents Park rezoned

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer MAC Properties’ request for a zoning change to bring Regents Park in line with is previous uses was approved by the zoning board last month, Peter Cassel said. The zoning change would allow MAC to open the gym to the public and add amenities. After Antheus Capital, the financial arm(…)

McMobil meeting Mon.

Hyde Park residents will meet next week to discuss the size and scale of the proposed 13-story residential and retail building proposed for the McMobil Site on 53rd Street. The Citizens for Appropriate Retail and Residential Development will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., to discuss(…)

Seminary Co-op talk

The Hyde Park Historical Society is hosting a presentation on the stories and people that made the former home of the Seminary Co-op such a distinctive place. University of Chicago alumni Jasmine Kwong and Megan E. Doherty will give a first look at “The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project: Capturing the Bookstore’s Distinctive Character and History”(…)

Div. head breakfast chat

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The annual Knights of Columbus Ladies’ Auxiliary prayer breakfast is set for Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. this year. Headlining the event is University of Chicago Divinity School Dean Margaret M. Mitchell. Proceeds have in the past established scholarships for children from low-income families at St. Thomas the Apostle(…)