Letters To The Editor

U. of C. students’ activism hopeful sign

To the Editor: In the fight against climate change, the student-led campaign encouraging colleges and universities to end their fossil-fuel investments is a genuinely hopeful sign. While financial analyses have shown that divestiture won’t negatively impact institutional portfolios, doing the right thing shouldn’t require a fiscal rationale. Education is based on the principle that knowledge(…)

McMobil project scale bad for Hyde Park

To the Editor: Since the building currently proposed for the “McMobil” site on 53rd Street would be directly across from Nichols Park, the Nichols Park Advisory Council feels it is appropriate for us to express our concerns. We believe the primary benefit of a mixed-use development on that site will be to fill in the(…)

Quality of life harmed by McMobil project

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Dear Alderman Burns: In my third year as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, I moved out of the dorms and into a beautiful privately-owned building at 5221 S. Kenwood Ave. I chose it because it was an older building seeping with(…)

Hyde Park needs McMobil development

To the Editor: I fully support the efforts of Mesa Development LLC to revitalize 53rd Street with its high-rise and leased commercial space where the Mobil gas station is now located. As a parent with a full-time job and very busy children, I welcome the opportunity to secure more stores and restaurants with quality options(…)

Send McMobil plan back to drawing board

To the Editor: There is a plan before our political leaders to build a monstrous 13-story high-rise structure at the so-called McMobil site on 53rd Street across from Nichols Park. This building should not be built. The proposed structure is grossly out of proportion with its surroundings and would degrade the quality of life for(…)

McMobil plan is a needed development

To the Editor: In response to Ms. Franklin’s “alternative to the McMobil plan” (letters, Feb. 27, p.4), it is equally important to hear the voices of those who support this architecturally pleasing and well-designed building on 53rd Street. This building will provide the most needed yet currently absent element to 53rd Street, additional market rate(…)

Franklin right on McMobil plan

To the Editor: Regarding the McMobil project, Stephanie Franklin has it exactly right. The next, and more difficult step, is to induce the university and the developer to listen. James M. Ratcliffe Write a Letter

Trauma center at U. of C. is a moral necessity

To the Editor: Should not our self-interest, as well as our sense both of compassion and of honor, move us to make available, in all urban neighborhoods in this country, at least the level of medical services routinely provided throughout the larger cities in those European countries which are privileged to enjoy a level of(…)

Taste of Hyde Park returns next month

To the Editor: The annual Taste of Hyde Park will take place on Saturday, March 2, between 6 and 9 p.m. This year the location is Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave. The event is the major annual fundraiser for the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project. With food and drink(…)

Bring Artisans 21 back to 53rd Street

To the Editor: I think it would be great to have Artisans 21 on 53rd Street, as suggested by Rob Borja’s Feb. 6 letter. Artisans 21 has a wide variety of attractive, moderately priced items. It would add class to the retail shops in the hotel building in Harper Court. It could provide original, distinctive(…)

McMobil high-rise in the wrong location

To the Editor: The well-known real estate mantra, “Location, Location, Location!” clearly applies to the potential new high-rise on the McMobil site. The proposed building, three floors higher than the University Apartments on 55th Street and almost as wide, would engulf the buildings on either side — and loom over Nichols Park — without achieving(…)

Concerns about the McMobil high-rise

To the Editor: I am very concerned about the plan to build a high-rise where the Mobil station is now located on 53rd Street. Some of my reasons are as follows: 1. When open, and especially during the construction period, traffic on 53rd Street will have a serious effect on the children who attend Murray(…)

New 53rd Street needs Artisans 21

To the Editor: The planning for the McMobil plot is an important consideration for the future of our pedestrian shopping thoroughfare: 53rd Street. The new glassy Harper Court development looms as a complement to this project. We have not forgotten that Haper Court was created to compensate for the destruction of the 57th Street “art(…)

Thanks to supporters of oral history project

To the Editor: On behalf of the Hyde Park Historical Society and the Oral History Committee, I wish to thank the Hyde Park Herald for highlighting the partnership that has been developed between the HPHS and the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference in the article that appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of the paper.(…)

The truth behind the lagging latkes

To the Editor: It is no wonder that faculty members did not want to participate in the Latke-Hamantash Debate as long as it continued to be sponsored by Hillel. The shabby way in which the Chicago Jewish Federation (Hillel’s corporate owner, as they made very clear last spring) summarily fired Hillel’s board — made up(…)

Point letter misguided

To the Editor: A recent letter to the editor calls for the replacement of the Point’s unique limestone buttresses with ugly poured cement revetments, “beautiful for a stroll” “look(s) quite nice”…yech! The already installed cement is unnatural, already crumbling, cracking & breaking in several places. Meanwhile, our Promontory retains its rustic charm. If there is(…)

It’s time to use concrete at the Point

To the Editor: Hyde Park is a remarkable mix of liberal and conservative. Liberal in most things political but remarkably conservative when it comes time for any local changes. Consider the Point. In 2001 a vocal group protested the lakefront renovation and successfully blocked the Point’s renewal. Ten years later we have a Point that(…)

Purrington piece on Harold very moving

To the Editor: I was really touched by Sue Purrington’s reminiscent piece, “Memories from a Friend of Harold,” in the Nov. 4, 2012, Hyde Park Herald. It brought tears to my eyes because she captured a time and place and particularly a vivid picture of Harold as she described her own interaction with him. I(…)

The story behind the Latke debate delay

To the Editor: I read with interest your piece about the Latke Hamantash debate being postponed. I was surprised that your reporters didn’t get any information as to why this had been postponed, a little poking around would have revealed some startling facts. The Latke-Hamantash debate has been held each year for the past 60(…)

Thanks for help on Thanksgiving

To the Editor: I am a member of the Hyde Park community, and I take a lot of pride in my neighborhood. As a resident of Hyde Park, I have received the blessing of being employed with my cleaning company, Carney Cleaning Service, for both the Hyde Park Produce store and McHugh Construction. With those(…)