Editorials

Sell us on the SSA

South East Chicago Commission Executive Director Wendy Williams laid out a case last week for the advantages of a Special Services Area on 53rd Street for readers of the Herald. Williams, who is a member of the SSA Advisory Committee, spends a lot of her time thinking about how to attract shoppers to 53rd Street.(…)

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(…)

Byrd-Bennett’s blunder

When new Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was appointed last year, her rhetoric related to public school closures gave us reason to be hopeful that, at last, CPS had a leader who understood the need for input from teachers and parents, especially when contemplating the dramatic decision to close schools. She promised to listen(…)

Learning from the unexpected delay of Harper Theater

The city of Chicago put some coal in Harper Theater owner Tony Fox’s stocking this Christmas, and we are all paying for it. Despite what he says were his best efforts to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on his new project in the long-shuttered Harper Theater on Harper Avenue at 53rd Street, Fox(…)

It’s time for an elected school board

The balmy days we had weeks ago when teachers were rallying out front of Hyde Park’s public schools during the teachers’ strike may be behind us, but reform of public schools in Hyde Park and across the city is still very much ahead of us. Another potential step was taken during last week’s election when(…)