Sunshine is still the best disinfectant

The best of Hyde Park’s impulses have been on display in recent weeks in response to allegations of harassment of young people by the University of Chicago Police Department. A community meeting was held to air grievances. A task force is in formation under the auspices of the Fifth Ward office. Hyde Parkers are being(…)

Considering the Jackson Park fishkill

There is much to like about the plans for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Jackson Park facelift, named Project 506. We have carefully reported the details of this proposal and provided links to the plan published by the USACE on our website. All of this coverage has been done with the tacit support(…)

Editorial: MAC’s major misstep

As we were going to press, just one of three adjacent townhomes owned by MAC Properties/Antheus Capital at 5110-5114 S. Harper Ave. remained standing. The other two were destroyed by a demolition crew, and we think it quite likely that the third will be gone by the time you are reading this. These greystones, built(…)

Editorial: Support Murray’s stand on testing

Murray Language Academy’s local school council is officially putting Chicago Public Schools on notice that it is tired of students and teachers being put through the ringer for the sake of a battery of standardized tests of questionable value. Their opposition comes in the form of a resolution, so it is hardly earth shattering, but(…)

Being part of the solution

We are disappointed but not altogether surprised at the decision by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) to suspend her experiment in participatory budgeting. While she cites expense, we cannot help but wonder whether the handful of voters who bothered to take advantage of her offer to help select budget priorities for the ward was anything approaching what(…)

Harper greystones deserve preservation

Antheus Capital’s decision demolish three historic greystones on the 5100 block of Harper Avenue to pave the site for parking has, in our view, no redeeming justification. We fear the announcement marks a turning point in the way the New Jersey-based company is thinking about its responsibilities in the neighborhood. When Antheus founder Eli Unger(…)

Editorial: 53rd Street must also incubate local business

When Hyde Park was preparing for the dramatic remaking of the neighborhood that came to be known as Urban Renewal in the 1950s, offices for the City of Chicago were established on the second floor of the Harper Building on the northwest corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. There, the ambitions of civic leaders(…)

Editorial: Lawsuit reflects need for input

Plenty of Hyde Parkers may be unhappy about the proposed high-rise across from Nichols Park on 53rd Street, but just a handful of residents have decided to do something about it. As a result, a lawsuit was recently filed against the city of Chicago, claiming the zoning changes required to build the project are illegal.(…)