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Updates from SSA #61 Hyde Park

Special Service Area #61 Hyde Park is now up and running. You'll notice the flower baskets are once again in bloom. CleanSlate is again cleaning 53rd, Lake Park, and 55th (especially in the viaduct areas) twice a week. Of course, one of my main goals in joining has been to find solutions to our parking and transit issues; one solution that has been tossed about is a free trolley that would run throughout the business district (and perhaps be extended to broader parts of Hyde Park).

With this thought in mind, the SSA commission will be conducting a survey of Hyde Parkers, to get your insights and opinions about a free trolley survey (not a street car, but the small-bus style). We'll be circulating this survey in mid-August throughout the neighborhood and online. PLEASE take a few minutes to complete this very short questionnaire, when it becomes available.

Other issues on the SSA agenda include snow removal on the sidewalks and under the viaducts, planters on Lake Park, bringing the Farmers Market back to Harper Court, marketing a "shop local" program at Christmas, adding bike racks in the area, holiday decorations for the business district, and more.

Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month in the conference room of the Hyatt on 53rd and Harper. The meetings are open to the public, and there is a period at the end where guests are invited to speak up and raise questions or concerns. (Remember the SSA can only spend money within the boundaries of the district.)

2014-15 Commissioners of the SSA

        • James Hanson, Mesa Development
        • Michael McGarry (Chair), Hyde Park Bank
        • Mary J. Rogel (Secretary), East Point Associates
        • Tony Fox, Harper Theater
        • Gregory Guttman, director of marketing, MAC Property
        • James Hennessy, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate, University of Chicago
        • Allison Hartman, president, DARE Foundation
        • Jackie Jackson, Kilwin's
        • Charles Newsome, Kimbark Plaza Cooperative Association
        • George Rumsey (Vice Chair), Computer Resource Center
        • Donna Trainor (Treasurer), UPS Store


Improving Our Community

What You Can Do

Support your neighborhood, get involved. Shop local, whenever possible. Go to meetings. Speak up, speak out, play a role. Change begins at the ground, with community input.

Key Issues

Basic services. Sensible development. Health care. Crime and safety. Jobs. Affordable and accessible housing. Stronger schools and richer libraries. Transportation. Greening the South Side.

Hyde Park-Kenwood Residents

George talks Uof C and "preservation."
Maroon Gray City Looks at HP Development:
The University, its real estate, and Hyde Park retail

      Frank Lloyd Wright in Kenwood

    The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference sponsored an informational forum on the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in South Kenwood in December, 2013. See for more information.

    Affordable Rental Housing in HP-K

The Coalition for Equitable Community Development unveils a detailed study of rental housing in Hyde Park and South Kenwood.
Read the executive summary Read the full report

55th Street Accessibility

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, the Hyde Park Disabibilities Task Force sponsored a "Walk and Roll" down 55th Street, identifying issues of accessibility and safety. Read the full disabilities report