Letters To The Editor

Deal with your dogs!

To the Editor: If we gripe and moan about the mess the geese leave behind, why don’t we say anything about the poop that the dog walkers leave behind? In summer we seem to understand how to keep our communities free of dog’s poop. Once cold weather hits, we seem to forget how to take a(…)

Antheus greystone turnaround baffles

To the Editor: On July 10, 1892, the Chicago Tribune ran a classified ad for “one 12-room and one 16-room stone residence (new)” at 5112 and 5114 Jefferson. Jefferson Avenue was the original name for Harper Avenue, and this ad is the earliest newspaper mention of the greystone townhouses at 5510-5114 S. Harper, which Antheus Property(…)

Looking for improved ward services

To the Editor: My name is Larry A. Green, and I am a new resident to Hyde Park. I must say that it is hard for me to understand the love affair that Hyde Parkers have with their current alderman, Will Burns. The ward does a terrible job with snow removal on the side streets(…)

Kenwood’s endangered Frank Lloyd Wright houses

To the Editor: The Blossom and McArthur Houses in Kenwood are important early designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, and their interiors are world-class works of art. The seeds of everything Wright eventually accomplished, from the Robie House to the Guggenheim, are already germinating at the corner of 49th Street and Kenwood Avenue. At 122 years(…)

It’s too late to yearn for B&B project

To the Editor: The articles and letters about the pros and cons of B&Bs in Kenwood are interesting, but isn’t the point moot? I assume that the Tawani Foundation has withdrawn its offers for the two Frank Lloyd Wright houses. For good reasons. There are plenty of interesting historic properties all over Chicago with which(…)

Setting the record straight at the Village

To the Editor: We fear some statements in Daschell Phillips’ article in the Dec. 25 issue of the Hyde Park Herald will give incorrect impressions about our plans for the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV). The Village will not be a senior center or social welfare agency.  However, the absence of such services in our(…)

Hyde Park is coming into its own

To the Editor: There are so many reasons to visit Hyde Park. The excitement on 53rd Street is intoxicating; retail stores, people young and old, fine dining and much more. Who would have thought? In 2001, I opened my law practice in the Hyde Park Bank building; I have seen the ups and downs of(…)

Distance between bus stops too long

To the Editor: I am a regular bus rider on the 47th Street bus with the last stop being 47th and Lake Park, where I have to catch the No. 6 going south to my job on 53rd and Hyde Park. The problem is the bus stop between 47th and Lake Park and the No.(…)

A bad idea rears its ugly head again

To the Editor: Once again, there is yet another move in the City Council to rename our landmark Chicago Cultural Center the “Eleanor Daley Cultural Center.” Such an action, for various reasons, would be inappropriate. Our historic, splendid and beautiful cultural center, formerly the Central Library Building, should continue to honor in its name the(…)

University’s Douglas did not justify TIF cash

To the Editor: I read, with interest, the letter of Derek Douglas, the University of Chicago’s vice president for Civic Engagement, in which he defended the $23.4 million dollar Tax Increment Financing (TIF) subsidy the university received for its Harper Court project. According to Mr. Douglas, the purpose of the Harper Court project was “to(…)

Don’t like B&Bs? Buy the homes yourself

To the Editor: If nearby residents are determined to keep the Blossom and McArthur homes from becoming B&Bs, let them pool their resources and buy the houses. Of course they would then be the proud owners of two derelict properties. Richard R. Gill

B&B article ignores Kenwood history

To the Editor: Lindsay Welbers’ Dec. 11, 2013 article regarding the desire of a commercial enterprise to develop two private homes in Kenwood solely for commercial — not residential owner-occupied —purposes, ignores certain salient facts regarding the prior history, and importance, of single-family, owner-occupied housing in homes originally designed for such purposes in Kenwood. First, from(…)

Rebuffing B&B offer shames history

To the Editor: Kenwood is justly proud of the magnificent homes that line its streets. With that in mind, I was saddened to read in the Herald of the controversy over two of its most important houses, Blossom and McArthur. My parents bought a house on Kimbark Avenue in 1950 for less than $20,000. Shortly(…)

FLW Conservancy hopes for another look at FLW houses

To the Editor: The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is the only organization focused exclusively on the preservation and maintenance of all the remaining structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. (We own no Wright buildings but strive to protect them all.)  We work with the owners of private Wright-designed houses across the country as well(…)

Thanks to readers from La Rabida

To the Editor: On behalf of La Rabida Children’s Hospital and the children and families we serve, I offer heartfelt thanks to the staff and readership of the Hyde Park Herald.  You were kind enough to run a nice story on our need for donations during this time of year — and more specifically, the(…)

A booster for new Hyde Park stores

To the Editor: Hyde Park has been my home since 1999, when I moved here as a high school student with my mom. I loved it; it was a true community. All the kids grew up together, went to school together, played sports together and knew each other’s parents. And it was diverse, certainly more(…)

Business owner extols New Hyde Park

To the Editor: I have been a lifelong resident of Hyde Park, and I am a business and property owner here. I understand the pulse of the streets, the heart of the people and the desperate need for growth. To watch the transformation of the 53rd Street corridor take place is electrifying and well overdue.(…)

U. of C. must own up to TIF gains

To the Editor: Rather than “Clearing the air on Harper Court” (Dec. 11), University of Chicago Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas’s letter about the financing of the Harper Court development obscures the level of public investment provided for the project. Douglas says, “The promise of $17.5 million in new real estate taxes generated(…)

Ald. Burns, reconsider on Kenwood B&Bs

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Dear Alderman Burns: Two of Chicago’s architectural treasures are in danger of decaying: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Blossom and McArthur houses. If they could be saved by permitting their use as bed-and-breakfasts, this should be allowed to happen. To let these buildings waste away(…)

I agree with Currie on fracking regulations

To the Editor: I agree with state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) that the regulations for fracking need to be stronger and more clearly defined. The proposed rules do not do enough to protect the health of the communities. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that uses and chemically contaminates billions gallons of fresh water per(…)