Why an "SSA"?
As one who's been participating in this endeavor, let me try to explain why I think the proposal for a Special Service Area is important. The Special Service Area (SSA) will be managed by a board of commissioners recommended by the aldermen (both 4th and 5th) and appointed by the mayor. James Hanson, Mesa Development; Michael McGarry, Hyde Park Bank; Mary J. Rogel, East Point Associates; Tony Fox, Harper Theater; Gregory Guttman, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and director of marketing at MAC Property; James Hennessy, vice president for commercial real estate at the University of Chicago; Allison Hartman, attorney and president of the DARE Foundation; Jackie Jackson, Kilwin's; Charles Newsome, Kimbark Plaza Cooperative Association; George Rumsey, Computer Resource Center; and Donna Trainor, UPS Store owner, were all named members of Special Service Area Number 61, the Hyde Park Commission, by the City of Chicago Finance Committee last Monday, Jan. 13. Read more by Lindsay Welbers, HP Herald.
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 details of the houses, and show your support at wright4kenwood.org for more information.
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.
Basic services. Sensible development. Health care. Crime and safety. Jobs. Affordable and accessible housing. Stronger schools and richer libraries. Transportation. Greening the South Side.
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.