Letters To The Editor

Is the McMobil plan needed in Hyde Park?

To the Editor: Before going on any further in the McMobil plan, Hyde Park residents need to consider the following: Is there a demonstrated need for the McMobil Plan? Judging from the many Letters to the Editor published in the Hyde Park Herald, the expressed opposition of many community residents at the March 18 meeting(…)

McMobil plan needed for Hyde Park’s growth

To the Editor: I very much support the high-rise at the McMobil site because I believe the whole city needs to continue to grow up, not out. The suburban lifestyle exists for those who want it, and the urban lifestyle for those who want it. We will not create a vibrant city by shunning development,(…)

Put parking under Nichols Park

To the Editor: McMobil project limited parking issue? Nichols Park (across the street from McMobile site) safety and modernization issues? Here’s a possible solution. How about constructing a one or two floor underground parking garage across from the McMobil site. In other words, creating a mini-Millennium Park if you will, minus the cost overruns. A(…)

Verify first, then trust 53rd Street McMobil “community consensus”

To the Editor: Thank you, again, Hyde Park Herald for opening up your pages to different “voices” on the 53rd St. McMobil project, but again, please, do another investigative story to verify who were included (and NOT) included and who initiated “community consultation,” “surveys /polls/petition signing” and targeted approaches to residents or owners in the(…)

McMobil project height will start trend

To the Editor: The University of Chicago is well on its way to realizing its goal of revitalizing 53rd Street. We have a new movie theater, an all-night diner, several new restaurants and a high-end clothing store. Coming soon will be a music venue, five more new restaurants, a health club, a 130-plus room hotel,(…)

McMobil will increase street life on 53rd

Dear Alderman Burns: I am pleased to lend my support for the Mobil site redevelopment. It is a progressive step in the revitalization of 53rd Street and Hyde Park as a whole. As a resident of Hyde Park for nearly 17 years who lives within two blocks of the proposed development, I must say that(…)

Some suggested ways to keep Canter

Editor’s note: The following is an open letter addressed to Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Dear Ms. Byrd-Bennett: I have some ideas that might be useful to you regarding the proposed school closings. It is my opinion that not all 50-something schools need to be closed; a precious few, such as Canter Middle School,(…)

McMobil project will help the neighborhood

To the Editor: I am writing to support the proposed development on 53rd Street at the Mobil gas station site. My family resides in Hyde Park, my children attend school in the neighborhood and we all participate in numerous cultural and community activities in the area. In short, Hyde Park is our home and we(…)

Add me to the “pro- McMobil” roster

To the Editor: I am writing to add my name to the many neighbors and businesses that support the proposed “McMobil” site project put forward by Mesa Development. It is wonderful to have a developer with such a strong commitment to quality of community life interested in working in our community on this project and(…)

Ald. Burns, why won’t you fight for Canter?

Dear Ald. Will Burns (4th): I have so many questions concerning school closings and your part in it. I want to ask you why you fought so hard to keep all of the schools in your ward open but Canter. Was Canter the sacrificial lamb? Why are you negotiating plans with CPS before you seek(…)

I Googled the McMobil project, and I like it

To the Editor: I recently got curious about what the proposed Mesa development on 53rd Street actually looks like, so I did a little Google search and ended up with forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?p=6062439. It’s an interesting website that shows several renderings of the building, as well as photos of the hotel going up at 53rd Street and(…)

Lots of reasons to keep Canter open

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to a number of Chicago Public Schools officials and local politicians. 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, Canter Middle School, as an ongoing school. We write with the(…)

Making the case for Canter Middle School

To the Editor: Chicago Public Schools needs to reconsider the pending decision to close Canter Middle School. As a CPS teacher and the wife of a Canter teacher, as well as a parent of future Ray Elementary students, I am appalled that Canter is on the closing list. It does not make educational sense to(…)

McMobil plan will benefit Hyde Park and Kenwood

To the Editor: I’d like to express my agreement with the Coalition for Equitable Community Development’s letter in the March 27 Herald. Their letter states some of the benefits that the proposed “McMobil site” project will have for Hyde Park-Kenwood. The letter underscores the economic realities that the project’s opponents have ignored or overlooked. Further,(…)

McMobil project good for the whole neighborhood

To the Editor: The development on 53rd Street will encourage new businesses to open in Hyde Park and create the benefits that come with a more vibrant business district. A vibrant business district provides convenient access to much-needed retailers and entertainment. It provides employment opportunities. It provides support and volunteers for local community events. A(…)

SECC backs McMobil development

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to James Hanson, principal at Mesa Development LLC, the developers of the proposed high-rise at the McMobil site across from Nichols Park Dear Mr. Hanson: The South East Chicago Commission has been involved in leading and facilitating visioning workshops in which members of the Hyde Park community have(…)

Hyde Parkers too dependent on autos

To the Editor: Hyde Park led the way on recycling in the seventies, so why can’t we lead the way building homes for people without cars? My wife and I are a young couple wanting to start a family in Hyde Park. It would be nice to have other young families move to 53rd Street.(…)

Arguments for McMobil plan don’t add up

To the Editor: One thing the University of Chicago is justifiably proud of is its ability to teach analytical, logical and rational thinking. There are many U of C students and alums here. Why, then, has there not yet been a rational, analytical and logical argument offered to justify putting this particular proposed building on(…)

Mesa weighs in on McMobil project

To the Editor: On behalf of all of my colleagues at Mesa Development, a family-owned, Chicago-based real estate firm committed to smart development, sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship, I would like to thank the many Hyde Park residents and businesses who have expressed support for our proposed development on 1330 E. 53rd St. I would(…)

A piece of Ancona School’s early history

To the Editor: In your recent article about the 50th anniversary of the Ancona School, I saw no mention of some important facts, especially the origin of the student scholarships. Next door to the Ancona School on 48th Street and Dorchester Avenue was a tenement filled with numerous single mothers of rowdy children. The latter(…)