Letters To The Editor

Blame to share for Canter closure

To the Editor: As the parents of a recent Canter Middle School graduate, we’re sickened by the news that this excellent school will be closed. Let us be perfectly clear: Canter is a successful school, and it is not “underutilized.” We’re sickened, as we say, but not surprised. This is simply the final insult added(…)

Local housing group supports McMobil

To the Editor: The Coalition for Equitable Community Development is an association of Hyde Park & Kenwood residents, businesses, religious communities and civic organizations who are concerned about the loss of affordable housing in our community. The University has shared its plans for the development of the partly-vacant site on 53rd Street commonly called the(…)

McMobil project will make life difficult

To the Editor: This letter is regarding the development of the property at 1338 E. 53rd St., Chicago. As a nearby resident, it is my opinion that a building of this size and at this location will cause a major increase in area congestion and make street parking extremely difficult. Fifty-third Street is not an(…)

Locals are united against McMobil

To the Editor: The March 18 meeting at Augustana Church, of well over a hundred people, yielded a lively and thoughtful discussion about the proposed development at the McMobil site. The concerns about this development were specific and well argued. Many of the comments embraced the idea of development, but wanted one consistent with the(…)

McMobil project will leave us lost in the dark

To the Editor: I’m a new “McMobil” activist but a long-term near neighbor/homeowner (5305 S. Greenwood Ave. since 1973) with a long historical memory and also experience behind the scenes here in Hyde Park and with the city in land-use proposals (back to 1989 aborted efforts to appease marginalized locals in building a new Bears(…)

McHugh excited to join McMobil development

To the Editor: James McHugh Construction Co. has proudly called the South Side of Chicago home for more than 100 years. As a general contractor, we have had the good fortune to work in Hyde Park on the Harper Court development that will be completed later this summer. We also have been selected by Mesa(…)

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(…)

Deeper meaning in our recurring worries

To the Editor: After a thorough reading of the letters about Harper Court and McMobil, do we recognize an underlying concern? After thoughts about the view, scale, anonymity, traffic and parking and transportation, is there a common angst? Hyde Park-Kenwood has its identity. We are an active, broadly interested community with a right to think(…)

Condemning McMobil monstrosity

To the Editor: This is to express my agreement with the opinion of the Hyde Park Herald, and of Franklin, Kaufman, Lipinski, Pamelas and White, and of Ratcliffe, as well as that of every Hyde Parker with whom I have spoken, condemning the planned McMobil monstrosity. I also express my dismay about the letter by(…)

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(…)