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Legal battle ends for trauma center protestors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The legal battle for the protestors arrested outside the University of Chicago’s new Center for Care and Discovery last month has come to an end. Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY) posted a video announcing the conclusion to the legal process on its Facebook page last Friday afternoon. Alex Goldberg(…)

Man nabbed for bank robbery in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with one felony count of bank robbery on Monday, March 4, after allegedly taking $1,874 from Fifth Third Bank, 1420 E. 53rd St., on Friday, March 1. Robert D. Shaw, 54, of 527 E. 51st St., was charged with one count of bank robbery.(…)

The shadow across 53rd Street

Developers of the Mobil gas station and former McDonalds sites on 53rd Street across from Nichols Park presented to Hyde Parkers on Jan. 28 a vision for the combined parcel that clearly meets one goal of planners for the new 53rd Street — residential density. Unfortunately, it achieves that goal at the cost of almost(…)

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives impacting Pullman

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives impacting Pullman

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), a non-profit community development organization, has been behind a wave of recent commercial expansion and preservation activity in the South Side’s Pullman neighborhood. Despite its namesake and involvement in other neighborhoods, CNI has had a disproportionate impact on Pullman. Headquartered at the U.S. Bank(…)

Historic Pullman’s storied past, driven by George

Historic Pullman’s storied past, driven by George

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Little is straightforward about the motivations behind George Pullman’s perfectly planned town. A paternalistic wealthy industrialist or a daring social reformer; his company, trying to do its best for its employees or working hard to keep them down — these are the divergent roles, largely based on one’s point of(…)

Pullman group describes life in an historic district

Pullman group describes life in an historic district

Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted by permission from the Beman Committee of the Pullman Civic Organization’s Guide for Historic Pullman District Home Owners. Visit pullmancivic.org for more information. “It is hereby declared necessary for the general welfare of the citizens of the City of Chicago…To safeguard the City of Chicago’s historic and cultural(…)

Frequently asked questions about landmark districts

Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted by permission from the Beman Committee of the Pullman Civic Organization’s Guide for Historic Pullman District Home Owners. It provides answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining a home in the Pullman Historic District. Visit pullmancivic.org for more information. Q: What work requires a building permit? A: You(…)

The basics of Pullman homes

Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted by permission from the Beman Committee of the Pullman Civic Organization’s Guide for Historic Pullman District Home Owners. Visit pullmancivic.org for more information. “Here for the first time in the history of city building have the dwellings for an entire community been scientifically and artistically built in every(…)

Pullman resident praises CNI rehabs

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Houses in Pullman that more than 100 years ago were starting strikes over high rents are now very affordable. According to one source, the neighborhood is friendlier than ever. Rev. Patricia Bethany Bolton, who lives in one of the homes refurbished by the Chicago Neighborhoods Initiative, described her experience living(…)

Fifth Third Bank robbed

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Fifth Third Bank located at 1420 E. 53rd St. was robbed Friday morning. Police News Affairs said a male entered the bank around 9:30 a.m. and demanded money from a bank teller. The teller complied and the man left with an unknown amount of U.S. currency. The man did(…)

Talking SSA: Member of SSA committee details advantages

Talking SSA: Member of SSA committee details advantages

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The advisory board for the proposed 53rd Street Special Services Area met on Thursday, Feb. 21 to discuss potential boundaries for the area, and spending priorities should the levy be approved. “We didn’t come to any conclusions or any decisions,” said Wendy Walker Williams, executive director of the South East(…)

Kozminski celebrating successes

Kozminski celebrating successes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Family and community members were invited to Kozminski Elementary School, where several students were given medals for their work at an honor roll ceremony last week. The ceremony was the realization of the goals of the school’s principal, Myron Hester, who a year ago endeavored to transform Kozminski into(…)

Trauma protests gaining steam

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Students and other South Siders marched Saturday from 60th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue to University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer’s home on campus to demand expanded access to trauma care in Hyde Park. The march took place on the day the university opened operations at its $700 million hospital(…)

Local parents fight tests

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parent and teacher groups citywide are petitioning against the number of standardized tests being given to Chicago Public School (CPS) students this year. The “More Than a Score Coalition,” which includes the Chicago Teachers Union, Parents 4 Teachers, Parents United for Responsible Education and Raise Your Hand for Illinois(…)

Muralist with local roots adds splash to The Cove

Muralist with local roots adds splash to The Cove

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor With only four drinking establishments — five, if one counts The Pub, a U. of C. bar located in the basement of Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. — Hyde Park nightlife is a stranger to drastic change. So for the many who imbibe at The Cove(…)

Tutoring group floods

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Strive Tutoring experienced a setback earlier this month after a broken valve on a water pipe damaged the third floor, a kitchen, a stairwell and two computers. “There was a lot of damage to our offices. Thankfully all of our tutoring space is in perfectly good shape and our refurbished(…)