Letters To The Editor

More crime reporting needed

In response to “Police search for assailant” at hpherald.com: To the Editor: Thank you for your timely post about this latest violence in our neighborhood. What mystifies me is how violence has become such a part of the Chicago lifestyle that often it is not highlighted front and center in our newspapers or by the(…)

University not talking straight about plans

To the Editor: The Herald’s Oct. 2 article on the lawsuit filed by neighborhood residents who object to the university’s proposed high-rise at the McMobil site included a statement by Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for the University of Chicago’s Department of Civic Engagement. According to Ms. Coleman, there were “a series of workshops that(…)

Stony naming for Brazier has many flaws

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) Dear Alderman Hairston: I will be unable to attend the community meeting mentioned in your newsletter about renaming S. Stony Island Avenue. I am opposed to renaming it, for the late Bishop Arthur Brazier or for anyone else, however deserving. My reasons are(…)

McMobil project remains in shadow

To the Editor: The McMobil proponents (the University of Chicago and Mesa Development) have deliberately misled the public on the shadows of McMobil. Ald. Will Burns (4th) has gone along with this and refused to get Mesa to produce a more complete and telling shadow study. Mesa produced a “shadow study” for the 53rd Street(…)

With tongue in cheek, a bit of Hyde Park “history”

To the Editor: The following letter may be of interest to your readers, particularly those who take an interest in the historical character of the neighborhood. I found it working on our house, after tearing out a particularly hideous piece of cabinetry from the 1960s. It is a letter to the editor of your very(…)

Theater review misses point of play

To the Editor: I am writing in regard to the theatre review written by Ms. Anne Spiselman on “Pullman Porter Blues” currently running at the Goodman Theatre. I have been a season ticket holder for some 30 years and this play is one of the best ever run at the Goodman. The staging was exquisite,(…)

Against naming Stony for Brazier

To the Editor: I am writing as a concerned citizen of the 5th Ward in opposition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed change of South Stony Island Avenue to Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Avenue. I question the mayor’s basic premise (as reported in the Sept. 18 Herald), that the renaming of Stony Island will bring honor(…)

Dedicate some time to a child in need

To the Editor: Strive Tutoring is celebrating its 25th year as a Hyde Park tradition, its roots firmly grounded in the neighborhood since 1988. We are a community-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit, offering free one-to-one tutoring and mentoring services to local children, grades 1 to 12, from limited income families. We are able to offer these services(…)

Work together to improve Vue53

To the Editor: Why are so many Hyde Parkers continuing to speak out against the “Vue53” plan and the process through which it “developed?” No, it’s NOT all over. Some are answering your Hyde Park Herald’s warning call, in your Sept. 4 editorial, to work to develop sound planning principles and prevent a “Vue53” precedent from taking hold. I(…)

Why we’re suing over Vue53 development

To the Editor: We are Hyde Parkers who have filed suit against the City of Chicago to reverse the rezoning of the McMobil property allowing a 155-foot building on that site. The University of Chicago and its agents want us to think that this is a done deal. And without the lawsuit, they are right.(…)

Troubled by the renaming of Stony

To the Editor: The prospect of renaming Chicago’s historic Stony Island Avenue is troubling. The late Rev. Arthur Brazier may well qualify for memorial recognition, but there urgently needs to be public discussion and serious consideration of what kind of memorial would be most appropriate. The present and long-standing name of the broad six-mile artery(…)

Stony rename costly, poorly timed

To the Editor: The mayor’s proposal to rename Stony Island Avenue after Dr. Arthur Brazier is an obvious political move on his part, at the taxpayers expense. The cost to the city of changing all of the signage and maps will be huge, not to mention the cost and inconvenience to residents and the many,(…)

We deserve better than McMobil plan

To the Editor: Gee, folks. What’s wrong about the new McMobil to be, huh? What’s all the fuss about? Aside from a full set of excuses, and of shortages, what’s the problem? Well, the problem is massive (13 stories? Here?) and multidimensional. The intended abuse of 53rd Street is unwanted, offensive, congestive, etc., etc., etc.(…)

Safe passage signs serve little purpose

To the Editor: If you look north on Dorchester Avenue from 55th Street, the first thing that will catch your eye is now no longer the canopy of green trees sheltering the architecture of the old street. Your eyes will instead focus on a half dozen bright yellow signs announcing the street is a “SAFE(…)

U. of C. goals at Schuster site clear

To the Editor: Your Aug. 21 article “U. of C. denies plans for site” misrepresents my comments about the Schuster Building in a way that confuses the issue. As the Herald previously reported, the university is planning a thorough renovation of the building, which is in need of repairs. The long-term goals of that project(…)

Praising No. 28’s return to old route

To the Editor: Nowadays it is a rare pleasure to read any good news in any newspaper. So I was glad to see the recent article in the Herald announcing that the CTA has agreed to return the No. 28 bus to its previous route as per the public’s request. Having this bus go directly(…)

Hyde Park is becoming a mess

To the Editor: What a mess my old neighborhood, Hyde Park, has become. At least it’s that way driving along 55th Street. It’s like an obstacle course with all kinds of marked lines on the pavement, little poles sticking up and cars parked where there used to be a lane for traffic. I saw a(…)

Deadly birds? Here we go again

To the Editor: Was it just yesterday when complaints rained in that peregrines — a handsome falcon only recently rescued from extinction — were wiping out local populations of pigeons and monk parakeets? Today the villains seem to be Cooper’s hawks, now reported to be damaging birds in Nichols Park. I will respond as I(…)

Davis’ Hyde Park book sets standard

To the Editor: Thirty-five years ago, the University of Chicago Press published Jean Block’s “Hyde Park Homes” and it became the benchmark for community standards, preservation significance, even real estate values. The press now has published the next benchmark: Susan Davis’s “Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park,” listing 910 buildings and 141 architects. It establishes the enduring(…)

Thanks to Hyde Park from Mobil gas

To the Editor: As owner and operator of the Mobil station on 53rd Street, it has been my pleasure to be involved in the Hyde Park community for last eight years. As many people know by now, I will be closing this Mobil location on Aug. 12. I did not want to do so without(…)