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Making the case for Canter Middle School

To the Editor: Chicago Public Schools needs to reconsider the pending decision to close Canter Middle School. As a CPS teacher and the wife of a Canter teacher, as well as a parent of future Ray Elementary students, I am appalled that Canter is on the closing list. It does not make educational sense to(…)

McMobil plan will benefit Hyde Park and Kenwood

To the Editor: I’d like to express my agreement with the Coalition for Equitable Community Development’s letter in the March 27 Herald. Their letter states some of the benefits that the proposed “McMobil site” project will have for Hyde Park-Kenwood. The letter underscores the economic realities that the project’s opponents have ignored or overlooked. Further,(…)

McMobil project good for the whole neighborhood

To the Editor: The development on 53rd Street will encourage new businesses to open in Hyde Park and create the benefits that come with a more vibrant business district. A vibrant business district provides convenient access to much-needed retailers and entertainment. It provides employment opportunities. It provides support and volunteers for local community events. A(…)

SECC backs McMobil development

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to James Hanson, principal at Mesa Development LLC, the developers of the proposed high-rise at the McMobil site across from Nichols Park Dear Mr. Hanson: The South East Chicago Commission has been involved in leading and facilitating visioning workshops in which members of the Hyde Park community have(…)

Oriental Institute taking kids on dig

The Oriental Institute (OI), 1155 E. 58th St., will once again bring Chicago high school students on one of its digs in Israel. The OI High School program will take students from Rowe-Clark High School, 3645 W. Chicago Ave., on a dig. Students learn about Israel and the Middle East, as well as archaeology. The(…)

Robie lauded in PBS buildings show

Robie lauded in PBS buildings show

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be featured as one of the “10 Buildings that Changed America,” in PBS’ similarly titled program. The WTTW production airing at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, includes the home, constructed between 1909 and 1910, alongside such buildings as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s(…)

Spring fling at Chaturanga

A series of free yoga, pilates and dance workshops will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., suite no. 302. Dubbed Spring Fest, the event, which is open to the public, will feature raffle prizes and food, as well as a dance(…)

TIF questions to be answered at Room 43

Hyde Parkers interested in learning more about tax increment financing districts, or TIFs, have the opportunity to ask questions next month. The Concerned TIF 4th Ward Committee will host Tom Tresser, a guest speaker from The Civic lab, in an attempt to answer questions about TIFs. The meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. on(…)