Editorials

Plan the future of 53rd Street

With the demolition of the Mobil gas station across from Nichols Park slated to begin next week, the 13-story development planned for that site — Vue53 to the developers, McMobil to everyone else — seems all but certain. Many Hyde Parkers have complained about the scale of this project, but without the support of Ald.(…)

Ray needs leeway

For months, Antonia “Toni” Hill has been leading Ray Elementary School as its interim principal, following the removal of Tatia Beckwith. Owing to what has to be a technicality, Ray has been unable to conduct a formal search for a principal because the position is not officially vacant. Meanwhile, Hill has proven herself a capable(…)

Editorial: More shenanigans at CPS

This has been a school year of endless anxiety for thousands of students, parents and teachers in the Chicago Public Schools. A list of more than 100 school closures led to 50 schools ultimately being shuttered. You would think everyone deserved a breather after endless public meetings and a herculean effort on the part of(…)

Canter vote a good start

Canter vote a good start

The Chicago Board of Education voted last week to phase out Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., instead of abruptly closing the school’s doors at the end of this year. This means a shock wave that would have affected half of Hyde Park’s elementary schools and many, many families has been averted. We congratulate(…)

Editorial: Dollars should follow values

The Fair Trader quietly closed its doors a couple of weekends ago, and for the most compelling of reasons — not enough customers. Amidst the clamor in the neighborhood around the proposed McMobil high-rise and the ongoing conversation about Harper Court and its value to the retail scene in Hyde Park, the loss of this(…)

Editorial: and a little travel advice

As of this weekend, the Red Line reconstruction project begins, which means Red Line service ends for at least five months. Residents from across the South Side who use the Red Line to get around will be shuttled to the Garfield Green Line stop. In the oft-understated parlance of the CTA: Expect delays. We have(…)

Editorial: zoning matters on 53rd St.

The debate over the planned high-rise development across from Nichols Park, called Vue53 by the developers and McMobil by everyone in the neighborhood, is shaking out to a few key points. We are enjoying watching that process unfold in the pages of our paper. As arguments are made both for and against the project, we(…)

Editorial: Delay Canter closure

As the vote to decide whether to close 54 Chicago Public Schools draws near — it is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 22 — we are endorsing a very sensible proposal regarding Canter Middle School, which is on the closure list, made by House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), whose district includes Canter, 4959(…)