community letters

With significant changes facing 53rd Street in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, the entire community of residents, business owners, elected officials, developers, and corporations have a vested interest in the outcomes. Would you like to share your opinion? Here are some of the letters we've received.

Vue53: Hitting the Jackpot

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Letter To:  Hyde Park Community

My Dear neighbors and friends,

Since The Harper opened in January, reception from both local residents and business owners has been positive.  It has been my pleasure to open our café for cross promotions to several awesome local eating establishments like Rajin Cajun, Kilwins, Café Valois and many others.

Please let me explain my position to support site development at 1330 East 53rd street.

First, pollution and traffic will be decreased dramatically when the Mobil station is replaced by high quality multifamily housing.  A moderately viable gas station serves approximately 500 customers per day or more.  The ground and air are continuously polluted (who couldn’t immediately identify the smell of a gas station?).  Second, the opening and slamming of 500 car doors per day makes a ton of noise.  Although needed in places, gas stations are not considered desirable – from a retail or residential perspective.  That is why you never see any abutting high quality housing or shopping centers.

The deal will replace 15,000 cars a month with about 130 secured parking spaces to serve a quieter, cleaner, safer section of the community.  It is my hope that the extensive upscale retail on the bottom floor will provide a backdrop that will better sustain The Harper Theater and other local businesses through enhanced foot traffic. The Harper Theater seeks to lead a resurgence of positive cultural, educational, and economic activity in the area. But it’s not about the theater or me.  Neighbors, you have hit the jackpot as all of the property values in the neighborhood will undoubtedly rise dramatically over the next several years as a direct correlation of the Harper Court development phases.  Nobody likes construction noise now, but when it comes time to sell, you will undoubtedly find a silver lining.

Best Regards,

Tony Fox


The Harper Theater, LLC