Letters To The Editor

Garden Fair is around the corner

To the Editor: The 55th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair takes place on Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Look for our ad in the May 14 Herald. You’ll find thousands of plants: annuals, perennials, container plants, hanging baskets, shrubs, vines and roses, ground covers,(…)

The vicissitudes of modern living

To the Editor: We write regarding our sense of frustration with the ATT/Dex “neighborhood” telephone directory for the Hyde Park and Bronzeville communities. In previous years, it was a convenient and vital resource for subscribers to use for finding local residential telephone numbers and addresses. Like a small town directory, it gave us the advantage(…)

Permit parking will only lead to trouble

To the Editor: The petition for permit parking on S. South Shore Drive between 54th and 55th streets is disappointing news to those of us who have been parking on that street for decades now. We who live on South Hyde Park Boulevard, East 54th Street and Cornell Avenue rely on those spots for our(…)

Praise for help from the U. of C.

To the Editor: I have run a small business in Hyde Park for the past five years, the Hyde Park Print Shop. I am thankful for this opportunity to live my dream. Recently, though, I had to close up business on 53rd Street not merely due to the change in ownership of the property I(…)

Headline distorts truth at Augustana

To the Editor: Augustana Lutheran Church told the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute on Jan. 18 that they would have to leave by Aug. 16. That is six months’ notice. Hardly an “abrupt eviction.” The sub-headline, “After abrupt eviction from Augustana, small musicians seek home,” on the front page of your paper, mis-characterizes the decision made(…)

Join Jackson Park cleanup for the Earth

To the Editor: Saturday, April 26, the Jackson Park Advisory Council is participating in the 25th annual Earth Day park clean up sponsored by Friends of the Park. JPAC invites all neighbors to join them at 9 a.m. at either the 57th Street Beach or  the 63rd Street Beach to clean up the plastic bags,  cans, bottles and debris(…)

Bring Star Wars museum to Hyde Park

To the Editor: After reading the recent article and the editorial in the Sun Times relating to locating the Lucas Museum in Chicago, I believe it would be a great idea. I suggest that the committee should consider the property located just west of Stony Island Avenue between 59th Street, 60th Street and the Metra railroad tracks. The(…)

Burns not steady in support for schools

To the Editor: How interesting to hear Ald. Will Burns (4th) waxing eloquently about the disruptiveness of school closures (“Canter site could help Kenwood,” April 16, 2014 Herald). While he says, “the Board of Education phased out Canter,” he was in fact a silent partner. His reluctant support for a phase out instead of outright closure(…)

Taste of Hyde Park has another successful year

To the Editor: The Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project’s major annual fundraising event, the Taste of Hyde Park, held earlier this month, was again a success, raising slightly more than $10,000 after expenses. More than 100 members and friends of HPTHP enjoyed the opportunity to sample food from 17 area restaurants and other food and drink(…)

Canter site could help Kenwood

To the Editor: No one likes school closures. Make no mistake, they are disruptive, and that has certainly been the case in Hyde Park. Many Hyde Park and Kenwood residents, parents and elected officials opposed the closure of Miriam G. Canter Elementary School last year. In spite of ardent community opposition, the Chicago Board of(…)

Permit parking plans disappointing

To the Editor: I was disappointed to read the April 2 story outlining plans for permit parking in the 5th Ward. All this will do is push the problem to the next block. This is not a solution that serves the community. Ever drive to North Side neighborhoods where permit parking is ubiquitous? Ubiquitously annoying,(…)

MAC’s sad moves

To the Editor: Well, MAC Properties certainly didn’t wait around for permission to knock down these townhouses with the lovely facades. Be sure to look behind the demolition at the contiguous parking lot reserved for Picadilly married student housing owned by the University of Chicago. Hmm! What is next? Nancy B. Baum

MAC’s promises cannot be trusted

To the Editor: Promises made. Promises broken. MAC promised to build its City Hyde Park without a public subsidy, and then asked for and got TIF money. MAC promised to restore the historic 1890s greystones at 5110 S. Harper Ave., and then tore them down for a parking lot. MAC’s promises aren’t worth much. Debra(…)

Our history is shamed by teardowns

To the Editor: Inaugurated with a chorus of 5,200 voices, the World’s Columbian Exposition brought 20 million visitors to Hyde Park. From that moment forward, Chicago entered the ranks of a world-class city. To showcase the possibilities of our community, C.A. Kapp, a local property owner, built at 5110-14 Jefferson Street (now Harper Avenue) a triad of urban homes, attached(…)

MAC demolition shows wantonness

To the Editor: One of the reactions of long-time Hyde Parkers to Susan Davis’ valuable and obviously timely series on “Lost Hyde Park” must be one of both sadness and outrage, not just for the historic structures we lost but also for the goods and services we no longer have and so far, in the(…)

Eat, drink — and be righteous

To the Editor: On Saturday evening, April 5, readers of the Herald will be able to do good while enjoying an evening out. That is the date of the ninth annual Taste of Hyde Park, the major annual fundraiser for the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project. The location will be the Church of St. Paul(…)

Local tutors invite you to a party

To the Editor: Strive has always been proud to call Hyde Park-Kenwood home. As a truly community-initiated organization, we have been providing free academic and mentoring support to children in our neighborhood since before our 1990 incorporation as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Strive’s students, volunteers, board members and staff all have Hyde Park-Kenwood roots. And this(…)

MAC teardown hurts preservationist rep

To the Editor: Just over a month ago, the Hyde Park Historical Society presented MAC Property Management with the Marian and Leon Despres Preservation Award for the restoration of the Shoreland Hotel. Now we watch the same company’s demolition of the elegant and historic greystone rowhouses on Harper just north of Hyde Park Boulevard. And we(…)

The Great Frame Up is going strong

To the Editor: After 13 years, Mr. Mark Jelke the owner of The Great Frame Up on 53rd Street is still in business and doing better than ever. Mr. Jelke’s store, The Great Frame Up has however made a slight change in location. He is now on 53rd St. between Dunkin Donuts and Papa John’s(…)

Dyett is a needed local resource

To the Editor: As a follow-up to the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s general resolution to keep all the Chicago Public Schools open, we write to support keeping, in particular, Dyett High School (slated for closure in July, 2015) open as an ongoing school. We argue in favor of keeping Dyett High School open for the(…)