Letters To The Editor

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(…)

Save the 47th Street fitness complex

To the Editor: Hyde Park has a wonderful asset which we might lose. For the past several months, rumors have spread about the property at 47th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Currently, it houses the following facilities: XS Tennis, an indoor tennis club, LA fitness and the University of Chicago Physical Therapy and Advocate Health Outpatient(…)

“… and they put up a parking lot”

To the Editor: It’s certainly been a bad year for old Hyde Park buildings. First, the University of Chicago’s Ingleside Hall went down and now MAC is planning to bulldoze three luxury 1892 rowhouses from the Columbian Exposition era now standing on the 5100 block of Harper. All fine buildings, one sacrificed to a big(…)

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(…)

Efficiency Isn’t Everything

To the Editor: Somewhere in the more efficient, income-producing, planned further construction for 53rd Street there must be accommodation for the arts and crafts displaced by the razing of Harper Court. This special arrangement there made for Artisans 21, in part accounts for its longevity (45-plus years); until now. Will this aspect of Hyde Park(…)

Lab’s new building a danger to birds

To the Editor: The new Laboratory School annex on Stony Island Avenue, celebrated in your Oct. 16 article, sits across the street from one of the most celebrated spots for viewing migratory birds in Chicago, namely Jackson Park and the Wooded Isle, where tens of thousands of warblers, orioles, tanagers, thrushes, thrashers, vireos and other(…)

Kudos to plaintiffs in Vue53 lawsuit

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Herald as a public acknowledgement of the lawsuit filed by Michael Scott and three other Hyde Park residents in response to the Vue53 development, as reported in the Oct. 2 issue of the newspaper. Dear Michael: As president of the Winston Court Condominium Association (WCCA), I(…)

Hyde Park is awash in dinosaurs

To the Editor: I wonder if Dr. Paul Soreno is aware of the remarkable group of dinosaurs that have been active in Hyde Park this past summer and early autumn? All seem to fall under the genus, Chicago Water Management. On Dorchester Avenue, where I live, there has been a large creature with a white(…)

Community left out of U. of C. planning

To the Editor: I read about the incubator space that the University of Chicago announced on Friday, Oct. 11. I am writing in response to the announcement, and in the hopes that others will chime in; this is our community, our neighborhood, and our voices need to be heard. I am life long Hyde Parker(…)

Come and tend a memorial garden

To the Editor: I am writing to invite readers of the Herald to participate in a workday at a special Hyde Park garden. Amanda’s Garden, at the corner of 56th Street and Kenwood Avenue, near Ray Elementary School, is a space dedicated to the memory of Amanda Carter, a Ray School second grader who was(…)

Reviewer saw different play

To the Editor: After reading Anne Spiselman’s review of “Pullman Porter Blues” it became glaringly clear to me why I don’t base my entertainment choices on the reviews of critics. Evidently Ms. Spiselman and I didn’t see the same play. I found “Pullman Porter Blues” highly entertaining and totally accurate. If Ms. Spiselman had an(…)

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(…)

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(…)