To the Editor:
I am writing this letter regarding the former location of Istria cafe near the 55th/ 56th/ 57th Metra Train Station in Hyde Park. This cafe had a delicious gelato shop. It was then transformed into another shop, which closed down quickly.
Now, the shop window has become an advertising point for many goods. While some goods advertised may be benign, such as takeout menus, there are also excessive advertisements for cigarettes; one of the cigarette ads has a number where people can call to order cigarettes. Given the amount of teens that use the station, advertising for illicit dealing of cigarettes, which could very well be targeted at minors who could not buy them normally, could be harmful to Chicago teens. As a 14 year old, I know that teenagers may not always make good decisions.
The vacant space should either be transformed into a train waiting area, cafe or shop, or it should remain vacant but with the windows being regularly cleaned of advertisements that advertise goods that may be harmful to some.
Hyde Parker since birth