Letters To The Editor

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(…)

Ingleside Hall merited preservation

To the Editor: In the interests of accuracy, the final phrase of your article (Ingleside Hall demolition, 8/7/13) which now reads, “… the building (is) too altered to be considered for preservation” might have better read, “Given the significant alterations, it’s doubtful the building would qualify for designation as an official Chicago Landmark.” But given(…)

Editorial is backward-looking

To the Editor: It’s sad that your great idea for the future of 53rd is just to limit the height of the buildings lining the street. I will readily agree that the late 1940s and early 1950s were, as many people remember, an idealistic time in Hyde Park’s history. You have told Hyde Parkers that(…)

Bird crisis in Nichols Park

To the Editor: I have noticed with great alarm that there is a deadening silence in Nichols Park in the early morning and early evening when we should be hearing the cacophony of bird songs — sparrows, robins, cardinals, crows, occasional mourning doves — silence except for the shrill of dive-bombing Coopers Hawks. They swoop(…)

Parking may be a major flaw in Vue53

To the Editor: Am I correct in remembering that fewer parking places are planned for McMobil/Vue53 than there are apartments? If one and a half parking spaces per apartment are not available, it will be a very bad mistake, and there will be no recourse. Even now, there are not enough spaces on neighboring streets(…)

Kimbark Plaza ignores residents

To the Editor: Livability refers to the ability of business area residents to amicably co-exist with the surrounding business community. Over the past year, community residents, representing 30-plus home-owning families and members of the 53rd and Kimbark Merchants’ Association have met to resolve community concerns related to truck deliveries of goods and services to plaza(…)

Towing mars festival visit

To the Editor: Sunday, July 21 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., my family and I decided to walk through “Celebrate Hyde Park” before shopping in Kimbark Plaza. They were visiting from California. When we returned, my vehicle had been towed from the lot along with four others. The July 17 advertisement in the Herald,(…)

Remember the star behind Chaka Khan

To the Editor: It’s nice to read that the 5000 block of South Blackstone Avenue will be honorarily named after former Kenwood High student Chaka Khan, as I am sure this will raise the market value of my 1978 Kenwood diploma. But I’m sure Ms. Khan would agree that an even longer length of nearby(…)

No. 28 bus should return to old route

To the Editor: I am disappointed with the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) promises to give us transit with the No. 28 bus to businesses along Lake Park Avenue up to 55th Street. As you know, the No. 6 and the No. 28 turn left on Hyde Park Boulevard, leaving those of us who live on(…)

Ald. Burns ignoring needs of seniors

To the Editor: Dating back to April of 2012, seniors from Judge Slater Apartments and Judge Slater Annex, just north of 43rd Street on Cottage Grove Avenue, have mailed in excess of 30 letters of complaint to Ald. Will Burns (4th), the Chicago Housing Authority and others about the deplorable health and safety conditions that(…)

McMobil threatens our village

To the Editor: Some time ago, upon meeting a young New Yorker, he asked why I had not been to New York in decades. In response to my comment that I don’t like to visit large cities, he then asked me why I live in Chicago, a large city. I told him that I live(…)

Thanks to supporters of school of dance

To the Editor: On behalf of Hyde Park School of Dance, I want to thank all of the neighborhood families, friends and community partners who helped make En Avant, HPSD’s 20th Anniversary celebration, a major success. More than 900 people filled the audience for our two performances on June 14 and June 15 in the(…)

Still supporting U. of C. — but with caveat

To the Editor: Several weeks ago in these pages I voiced support for the University of Chicago and Mesa Development’s proposal for construction on the so-called 53rd St. McMobil site. While I still believe that that apartment building will be a net asset to the neighborhood, I also wish to join my neighbors in adopting(…)

Hyde Park, stand behind Kenwood

To the Editor: As the chair of the Kenwood Academy local school council, I had the privilege of congratulating and shaking the hands of every graduate that crossed the stage at the school’s recent commencement ceremony. As I looked into their eyes, listened to the cheers of their family members and watched them hug their teachers(…)

The ins and outs of delivery at Vue53

To the Editor: According to the Herald, at the recent Chicago Plan Commission meeting, one of the supporters of  Vue53, Richard Gill (of the South East Chicago Commission), encouraged the commission “not to allow fear of traffic congestion to deter their vote.” Gill said, “This project is too important to the neighborhood to be derailed(…)