Letters To The Editor

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 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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Help our schools — run for an LSC spot

To the Editor: Elections for the local school councils (LSC) — a governing body of public schools consisting of the principal, two teachers, one non-teaching staff, six parents, two community representatives and, high schools, one student —are drawing near. The application deadline is March 14th and the elections are April 7 and April 8. We(…)

La Rabida is a Hyde Park gem

To the Editor: It was with great pleasure that we read your article about the opening of the rebuilt outpatient center at La Rabida Children’s Hospital. The center has been transformed into a modern, energy efficient (applying for LEED Certification), well-equipped health center. It was attended by scores of caring and concerned public and community(…)

Why is Burns giving MAC freebies?

To the Editor: The most interesting agenda item at the Feb. 18 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council meeting was not even on the agenda. I refer to the proposal, supported by Ald. Will Burns (4th), to allow MAC Properties to use two parking spaces (36 feet of curb space) on Kenwood just north of 53rd(…)

A protest against the CAC election

To the Editor: A Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) election recall is requested. Wednesday, Feb. 19, the HP-K CAC elections were held at Kenwood Academy for two co-chairs and two secretaries with three candidates each, but I contest the HP-K CAC elections. I was one of three candidates who ran for co-chair of the(…)

Join us to improve our public schools

To the Editor: We are very excited that the Hyde Park/Kenwood Community Action Council (CAC) is up and running. This is an entity that has been created by individuals in our community, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, to create a vision for our neighborhood schools through the participation and voice of parents, teachers, administrators, community members, churches,(…)

Public school advocates: Have your say

To the Editor: We are very excited that the Hyde Park/Kenwood Community Action Council (CAC) is up and running. This is an entity that has been created by individuals in our community, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, to create a vision for our neighborhood schools through the participation and voice of parents, teachers, administrators,(…)

Ruling is not discouraging us

To the Editor: Last week the judge hearing the McMobil zoning case, Kathleen M. Pantle, granted a motion filed by the University of Chicago’s lawyers to dismiss our lawsuit. The motion alleged that the title company we hired to mail required notices miscalculated the property boundaries and thus failed to notify seven property owners on(…)

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(…)