University of Chicago FAIR Policing
At the suggestion of Alderman Hairston, a group of local residents have formed a Citizens Action Committee for Fair University of Chicago Policing. There are repeated stories in the neighborhood about racial and gender profiling, lack of accountability, and inadequate independent review. To address these issues, the Committee for Fair UC Policing has started a website (uofcpolicing.com) and a google group to share information while working on an action plan.
As one way to express concern, the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is funding a videography project in conjunction with the Hyde Park Herald. The aim is to have students at Kenwood and other local stores record their experiences with the UCPD. Results will be posted on the Herald's website, and additional interviews will include how parents can support their kids, how to file a complaint, and how our civic leaders are responding to these concerns.
SSA Votes to Fund Snow Removal
In addition to funding holiday decorations for the hanging baskets lining our business district streets, the SSA at its October meeting approved a program to have snow removed from curbs and at street crossing and under the viaducts. The snow will not just be shoveled, but will be hauled away to make sure our sidewalks are passable; the program will cover the SSA footprint from 53rd (Woodlawn to Hyde Park Blvd., Lake Park (from 53rd to 55th), and 55th (Lake Park to Hyde Park Blvd.).
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), The UPS Store
Strengthening Our Community
Shop Local, Ride the Trolley
As part of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the SSA plans to participate in a "Shop Local" program being sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and SECC. We'll also use this as a good time in which to test the usefulness of a free trolley system. Visit the SECC website for the trolley map, dates, stop locations, and times.
Used Book Sale
Don't forget to drop off your books in the basement of Treasure Island for the annual Hyde Park Used Book Sale. The sale always takes place Columbus Day weekend (10/11-12-13) in the Hyde Park Shopping Center (next to Treasure Island). Book donations are tax-deductible; be sure to request a tax letter from the sale sponsor, Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (773-288-8343).
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 hpkcc.wordpress.com for more information.
Affordable Rental Housing in HP-K
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