Letters To The Editor

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(…)

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.(…)

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(…)

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(…)

B&B plan could save valuable properties

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Dear Alderman Burns: The people of Hyde Park-Kenwood are very aware of architectural issues and have a special interest in Frank Lloyd Wright houses. The Robie House is the “crown jewel” of Hyde Park architecture, and the Heller House is also well known.(…)

Clearing the air on Harper Court

To the Editor: In recent days, some discussion has arisen about Harper Court that would benefit from a clearer recollection of the project’s history and the role that tax increment financing played in making it possible. For years, Hyde Park residents had asked for amenities the market was unwilling to provide. In 2008, at the(…)

B&B proposal a practical choice

To the Editor: Regarding the decision to oppose bed-and-breakfast status for two Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Kenwood: Many neighbors with whom I have communicated on this issue were very surprised to read about Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) opposition to this proposal and even more surprised to hear about the meeting at which the B&B(…)

Village Thanksgiving drew many together

To the Editor: We were pleased that you could join us at our Thanksgiving “Pot Luck” and capture the spirit of this celebration in photos you shared with the rest of Hyde Park. The event was a collaboration of Augustana Lutheran Church of Chicago with Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and some University of Chicago students. Augustana(…)

Ald. Burns explains B&B decision

To the Editor: Some residents have enquired as to why I decided to end discussions on converting two Frank Lloyd Wright homes to bed-and-breakfasts. Leading up to the meeting, I encouraged the developer to meet with Kenwood residents to mitigate opposition to the project, which the developer did. I also talked to several of our(…)

U. of C. owes schools for Harper Court TIF $

To the Editor: Now that the University of Chicago has taken direct ownership of the Harper Court project structures (it has owned the land, through its real estate development arm, for some time), we are faced with the undeniable fact that the $23.4 million TIF subsidy for this development was for the university’s benefit. Half(…)

Happy to see changes on 53rd Street

To the Editor: At 69 years of age, I’m happy to see improvements to our shopping options. Without a car, I am frequently on 53rd Street visiting my old favorites Kimberly Lee and Supreme. Recently I’ve added Comfort Me to my list of places to shop. My cousin and I visit the theater once a(…)

57th Street Books a book lover’s paradise

To the Editor: I moved to Hyde Park and told a North Side book-loving friend that I could now live happily ever after, for there was hardly a direction I could walk without encountering a bookstore. He looked at me solemnly and said, “Why, it’s like an alcoholic moving in above a tavern.” Part of(…)

Tornadoes remind us of need for trauma center

To the Editor: During Sunday, Oct. 23’s storm, tornado warnings appeared on our television screens, and sirens that people were telling each other were new tornado warning sirens sounded loudly in Hyde Park. Fortunately, we missed the worst of the storm, which hit downstate, where at least five people died. In Peoria, a spokesperson for(…)

Happy birthday to 57th Street Books

To the Editor: Congratulations to the Seminary Co-op Bookstores on the 30th anniversary of its 57th Street Books last month. 57th Street Books fills a place in the literary life of my family and the community that is very special. From its very beginning, my family and I would go to the store most weekends,(…)

A final farewell from Artisans 21

To the Editor: This is the last opportunity for Artisans 21 to invite all faithful friends of the arts and crafts to its annual Open House Dec. 7 and 8, from noon to 4 p.m. After more than 45 years of providing Hyde Park and Kenwood (actually, all of Chicago) with original ceramics, jewelry, clothing, photography,(…)

Welcome to Lake Forest

To the Editor: A century ago, Kenwood was an ultra-elite neighborhood with the cream of Chicago’s wealthiest families living in the most extravagant houses in town. A week ago Monday night’s Kenwood community meeting about the conversion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Blossom and McArthur houses to bed and breakfast establishments marked the return of Kenwood(…)

Thanks to the Herald for new series

To the Editor: We look forward to the Herald’s new series on “Lost Hyde Park.” I liked the observation in the announcement that “Hyde Park today is one of the best places in America to view the rich complexity of urban architecture, where history reflects the spirit of ever-changing eras.” Anyone who has lived here(…)

University concern about input hollow

To the Editor: So the South East Chicago Commission is now conducting a traffic study “as a result of the 53rd Street Visioning Workshops.” I applaud the volunteer spirit of the community members who will serve on the committee. But the concerns about traffic were raised at the first Visioning Workshop in 2007, so why(…)