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K.A.M. seeks input on new garden plans

K.A.M. seeks input on new garden plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel is asking the public’s input in designing a half-acre sustainable farm at a currently undisclosed location in Hyde Park. At the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice Weekend, “Schmita: Food Security and Sustainable Design in the Sabbatical Year and Beyond,” attendees will be welcome to(…)

Café 57 owner sells business

Café 57 owner sells business

By LINDAY WELBERS Staff Writer As of last week, Café 57 is under new management and will be getting both a facelift and a name change. Tony Wilkins purchased the coffee shop, 1520 E. 57th St., two years ago. He sold the property in the hopes that new management and ownership could help the shop(…)

SHoP closes up at Fenn

SHoP closes up at Fenn

By JEFFERY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), located at Fenn House, 5638 S. Woodlawn Ave., closed its doors on Dec. 31 at the space it has leased for more than a year from the adjacent First Unitarian Church. The three story building, built in the 1910s, has in the(…)

Transitional housing project helps homeless

Transitional housing project helps homeless

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern According to a Chicago Coalition for the Homeless study, 105,338 people were homeless in Chicago for the 2011-2012 school year. Just a handful of that population, or people at risk of joining it, may eventually become graduates of the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (HPTHP). The HPTHP is an all-volunteer(…)

2012 a slow year for politics in Hyde Park

2012 a slow year for politics in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers The last year saw few changes in the political landscape for Hyde Park, though a new state rep and the loss of a long-time U.S. Congressman made some headlines during an otherwise slow news year for politics. Chris Mitchell elected Christopher Mitchell sprang onto the political(…)

U. of C. happenings in 2012

U. of C. happenings in 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers UChicago Promise Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer at Kenwood Academy High School in October to announce the launch of UChicago Promise a program that will help Chicago high school graduates that attend the university graduate debt free. Zimmer said UChicago Promise(…)

Hyde Park development heated up in 2012

Hyde Park development heated up in 2012

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park had a busy year for real estate and development, centered on the remaking of 53rd Street, the neighborhood’s retail corridor, but affecting the entire community. Development in 2012 The new Harper Court began to take shape in 2012. The building reached its full height, achieved LEED certification, leased(…)

Strike dominated education news in Hyde Park in 2012

Strike dominated education news in Hyde Park in 2012

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The focus of much of the last year in education was the teachers strike, but Hyde Park saw a lot of change in leadership on the education front in 2012. Chicago Teachers Union strike Teachers, parents, students and education activists filled the streets of Hyde Park several times this(…)