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: More Pedestrian Friendly

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Letter To:

Editor, Hyde Park Herald

After many years in the South Loop, my wife and I have chosen to make our life and raise our young family in Hyde Park. While our decision to move to Hyde Park was driven by the many wonderful aspects of the community (e.g., culture, history, diversity), the single challenge that we find is the lack of retail options for anything beyond our most basic needs. We find ourselves constantly heading north to Roosevelt Road or points beyond.

The creation of a more pedestrian friendly area along 53rd Street would allow us to shop in our own community more often. And a walk through family friendly shopping district would be an attractive option for my family. I think it would also make Hyde Park much more attractive to many other young families who value the special culture of the area. 

A mixed-use development bringing additional retail and residential development to 53rd Street would be a welcome addition to our young family.


Darrel Hackett

S. Ellis Ave.

Chicago, IL 60615