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Old May 12th, 2007, 07:39 PM   #161
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. I wonder if there are any plans to extend LSD or eventually the Green Line to it.
I really hope they don't extend lakeshore drive that way. I think that the route that US HWY 41 takes through South Chicago can be improved. But I like that it takes you through a very interesting area of the city. A bike path like the one proposed by Friends of the Park would be nice to see. And I even like the Idea of extending the green line further south to South Works.
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Old May 12th, 2007, 07:46 PM   #162
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I really hope they don't extend lakeshore drive that way. I think that the route that US HWY 41 takes through South Chicago can be improved. But I like that it takes you through a very interesting area of the city. A bike path like the one proposed by Friends of the Park would be nice to see. And I even like the Idea of extending the green line further south to South Works.
I think they just extended/widened South Shore Drive and I knwo they just recently added 4 lane South Harbor Drive to this area. It looks great.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 08:20 AM   #163
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De LaSalle project to incorporate Pickford Theater

School expansion will incorporate 1912 auditorium at 35th and Michigan

The remains of a historic South Side theater will be given new life with the City Council approval of Mayor Richard M. Daley's ordinance authorizing the sale of city-owned land to De La Salle Institute for the creation of a new academic building and auditorium.

The development plan calls for the property at 3445-59 S. Michigan Ave. and 100-114 E. 35th St. to be combined with the school's existing parking lot for the construction of a four-story, 100,000-square-foot academic building containing classrooms, laboratories, and school offices.

It also preserves the remaining elements of the Pickford Theater by utilizing the shell and surviving interior terra cotta in the construction of a new theater and auditorium. Built in 1912, the Pickford Theater was one of the first movie and performance theaters for Bronzeville entertainers.


"By preserving the remains of this theater, a new generation will have a greater understanding and appreciation of its history and its importance," said Mayor Daley.

The new building will include approximately 7,000 square feet of ground floor retail along 35th Street. Once completed, the project is expected to create 30 permanent full and part-time jobs.

A pedestrian bridge over Michigan will connect the new building with the Clark Building on the existing campus and allow students to safely access both locations without impacting the flow of vehicular traffic.

The building will seek LEED certification and incorporate green design elements into its construction including a green roof on both the building and pedestrian bridge. Construction of the new academic building is expected to cost $19.25 million. The city acquired the property in 2003 through condemnation and is assisting the project with a reduction in the sale price.
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Old May 30th, 2007, 08:59 PM   #164
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Old June 1st, 2007, 08:02 AM   #165
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U. of C. picks design for performing arts center

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U. of C. picks design for performing arts center

By Blair Kamin
Tribune architecture critic
Published June 1, 2007

Chicago is about to get an innovative new skyscraper, one that stretches a ground-hugging arts center into the sky and comes complete with a retractable roof and maybe even a yoga and napping room.

The University of Chicago made the plan public Thursday in announcing that its designers, New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, have won the commission for a $100 million creative and performing arts center on the south side of the Midway Plaisance.

Best known for their American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan, the husband-and-wife team of Williams and Tsien beat four other finalists, including Daniel Libeskind, the master planner for the reconstruction of New York City's World Trade Center.

They also beat three winners of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize: Japan's Fumihiko Maki, Austria's Hans Hollein and Thom Mayne of Santa Monica, Calif.

The signature element of their design is a 160-foot-tall tower, topped by a glass-walled, cantilevered cafe that would act as a beacon and serve as a modern counterpart to the university's neo-Gothic towers across the Midway.

The cafe's movable roof would let in sun and air, at least in the warm months.

The yoga and napping room was inspired by the architects' stress-relieving yoga breaks as they designed the project and their knowledge that students staying up well past midnight may require some midday shut-eye.

"They did a beautiful job of thinking of the campus as a whole," said Danielle Allen, dean of the university's humanities division and a member of the selection jury. "With them, we weren't picking a building that just stood on its own. It understood, advanced and innovated on our traditions."

Despite the praise being heaped on its design, the center will face the challenge of luring students and faculty south of the Midway, an area that has long seemed disconnected from the serene quadrangles on the north side of the U. of C.

In addition, university officials acknowledge, the center may shrink in size because it is likely to be built all at once, not in two phases, as originally contemplated.

"Our goal is to get as much of phase one and phase two into this project as $100 million will allow," said Larry Norman, the U. of C.'s deputy dean for the arts.

The center, which took a major step forward May 3 with the announcement of a $35 million gift from Chicago investment banker David Logan and his family, is proposed for a site at Ingleside Avenue and 60th Street, which forms the Midway's southern border.

On the same block are the Midway Studios, official Chicago landmarks where the sculptor Lorado Taft, creator of the "Fountain of Time" sculpture at the Midway's west end, once worked.

The center will seek to bring together students and faculty from a variety of artistic disciplines—music, theater, visual arts, and others. The plan also calls for a multipurpose performance hall and three small theaters.

Williams and Tsien envision a building that broadcasts its activities through expansive walls of glass, inviting attention from residents of Hyde Park and nearby South Side neighborhoods.

"We want to expose the mess, the activity, the vibrancy of the inside," Williams said in an interview before the university's board of trustees formally approved the selection Thursday afternoon.

This will be the first Chicago commission for the architects, who are highly-regarded modernists known for their creative use of materials and vibrant interior spaces.

Offices, studios and other facilities for each artistic discipline in the center would be grouped, with generous common areas in between.

"At night," the architects wrote in their proposal, these spaces would "glow like an illuminated bee hive."

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Old June 6th, 2007, 12:54 PM   #166
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South Works area

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Developers seek OK for South Works housing, retail
ZONING | 530 lakefront acres is largest open tract in the city


June 6, 2007
BY DAVID ROEDER AND FRAN SPIELMAN [email protected]/[email protected]

In the most detailed plan yet submitted for the largest open tract in Chicago, developers have proposed more than 17,000 housing units on the site of the old U.S. Steel Corp. South Works plant on the lakefront.

A zoning application for the roughly 530-acre property that runs from 79th to about 91st Streets also allows for retail buildings, a public high school, park land and an extension of Lake Shore Drive.

But the lead developer, Daniel McCaffery, president of Chicago-based McCaffery Interests, said the application is just the first formal volley in long-term negotiations with the city that will shape the project over the next 30 years.

"There is a sense with everybody that this is somewhat malleable," McCaffery said.

Market forces will decide the speed of the construction, and other uses could come up later. McCaffery said one example is that a large institution, such as a university, could speak up for part of the property. A research park is another possibility.

Sources said the University of Chicago is interested in a South Works satellite campus, but McCaffery declined to comment on specific prospects. He also said no one has approached him about incorporating a casino or an Olympics-related use in connection with the city's bid for the 2016 Summer Games.

"None of that has even been modestly suggested," McCaffery said.

He controls most of the site through a partnership that includes U.S. Steel, the Lubert-Adler investment funds and Westrum Development.

The same partnership is working to close a purchase of 118 acres on the site's southern part that was owned by Solo Cup Co. Solo canceled plans for a new plant on the property.

McCaffery said that despite the long-term nature of the project, Chicagoans will see progress at the site soon. He said construction should start this fall on the extension of Lake Shore Drive into the site, and some retail buildings could be under way by next year.

He said talks haven't begun with the city over a taxpayer subsidy. The site has been certified as environmentally safe, but it contains numerous foundations and is mostly slag, meaning that tons of soil must be brought in for landscaping.

The zoning application triggers a Planning Department review and hearings that lead to a vote in the City Council.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 12:25 AM   #167
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Marriott and Fairfield hotels to replace Doctors Hospital


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Old June 27th, 2007, 06:31 PM   #168
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BACK TO BRONZEVILLE:

Now that Ald. Pat Dowell has taken over after beating incumbent Dorothy Tillman in the 3rd Ward, one wonders about certain development sites. Example No. 1.: Questions hang over the $155 million retail and condo complex announced in February for the southwest corner of 39th and State.

The lead developer, Quintin Primo III, has yet to line up loans or key tenants for the property and wasn't available for comment this week. He's probably regretting his decision to announce the project at an event that doubled as a campaign rally for Tillman.

Dowell said she won't hold that against Primo, and she got her first briefing about the project this week. She said she supports it in principle but wants details. "It's a very ambitious mixed-use project which would make a statement at that corner," she said.

Example No. 2: The landmark Rosenwald Apartments at 4600 S. Michigan, which became a slum under Tillman. Dowell said she's evaluating proposals from two developers, Peter Holsten and Jason "Gonzo" Gonzales, president of Gonzo Development. Dowell, a former city planner, declined further comment on the proposals.
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The problems at Rosenwald will eventually be resolved but a bit more of the nearby blocks will need to change to make developers take the plunge with Rosenwald. Of course, with Rosenwald sitting there in limbo, it is hard for the surrounding blocks to change. They will, though.

At least the Rosenwald area is not facing the same uproar that we are seeing over at Carney Gardens, where developer Royce Messner has alienated the entire community. That is an example of how NOT to pursue revitalization on the South Side.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 10:44 PM   #170
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Well, the first step to pursue revitaliztion of Carney Gardens would be to drop the association with Carnival people. Why would anyone be interested in moving to a breeding ground of carney-folk?
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Old June 29th, 2007, 04:03 AM   #171
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The problems at Rosenwald will eventually be resolved but a bit more of the nearby blocks will need to change to make developers take the plunge with Rosenwald. Of course, with Rosenwald sitting there in limbo, it is hard for the surrounding blocks to change. They will, though.

At least the Rosenwald area is not facing the same uproar that we are seeing over at Carney Gardens, where developer Royce Messner has alienated the entire community. That is an example of how NOT to pursue revitalization on the South Side.

^ Isn't this all fiction?
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 10:02 PM   #173
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Wired has a short article on this Hyde Park proposal by Studio/Gang:
http://www.wired.com/culture/design/...15-08/pl_home#
Look up at the sun. (Ouch!) Now look down at the ground. (Ahhh.) That pretty much sums up architect Jeanne Gang's breathtakingly simple approach to reducing energy use in Windermere West, a 26-story condominium destined for Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.....
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Old July 25th, 2007, 03:37 AM   #175
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^ Holy shnoikens! Is that what's probably not going to be built due to neighborhood opposition? I'm quite sad.

Either way, it's nice to look at..
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Wow, that looks amazing.
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Old August 15th, 2007, 07:23 PM   #177
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More NIMBY (and anti-NIMBY) antics in this week's Hyde Park Herald. Go check it out if you're interested, guys
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The anti-NIMBY blogger is born..

This was found by somebody at the Yo, but I found it refreshing and worthy of mention. A couple of Hyde Parkers, fed up with rampant NIMBYism and an anti-progressive, anti-development establishment, have started a blog (and it's pretty well kept up) that speaks out against NIMBYism in their community. It's very well done, and I recommend you guys to check it out. This is the self-posted profile of the main blogger, and below that is the link to the actual blog:

Peter Rossi
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I've lived in Hyde Park for more than 30 years and I too am frustrated by those who oppose positive change. I am also appalled that many who oppose development have the view that the ends justifies the means. They are quite willing to use selective omission or outright misrepresentation in pursuit of the goal of halting all development in our community. We have vacant buildings (the Hyde Park movie theater, the Doctor's Hospital, St Stephens church on Blackstone), empty storefronts, and empty streets as a result. It is time to speak up and let others be heard.

http://www.hydeparkprogress.blogspot.com/
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^ Great link - just added it to my RSS feeds - thanks.
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This was found by somebody at the Yo, but I found it refreshing and worthy of mention. A couple of Hyde Parkers, fed up with rampant NIMBYism and an anti-progressive, anti-development establishment, have started a blog (and it's pretty well kept up) that speaks out against NIMBYism in their community. It's very well done, and I recommend you guys to check it out. This is the self-posted profile of the main blogger, and below that is the link to the actual blog:

Peter Rossi
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I've lived in Hyde Park for more than 30 years and I too am frustrated by those who oppose positive change. I am also appalled that many who oppose development have the view that the ends justifies the means. They are quite willing to use selective omission or outright misrepresentation in pursuit of the goal of halting all development in our community. We have vacant buildings (the Hyde Park movie theater, the Doctor's Hospital, St Stephens church on Blackstone), empty storefronts, and empty streets as a result. It is time to speak up and let others be heard.

http://www.hydeparkprogress.blogspot.com/

I'd suggest that you use caution in assessing Mr. Rossi's opinions. For years, Mr. Rossi has endorsed the paving of the Promontory Point shoreline. This the plan by the City (and Army Corps of Engineers) to place a smooth paved surface continuously along the waterfront of Promontory Point. I disagree with him about Promontory Point.

Mr. Rossi also endorses the demolition of the vintage Doctors Hospital building to make way for a Marriot. I disagree with that plan. It's probably too late, but it would nice to keep the Doctors Hospital building and reuse it as a residential conversion. The Doctors Hospital building was built in 1910 as the Illinois Central Hospital. I would support a Marriot in the neighborhood, even a very tall one. Heck, how about a few tall hotels. Just not at this site.

By the way, I agree with much of what Mr. Rossi says about other development issues, including Harper Court. It is not useful today as a subsidized place. Just watch out for the Harper Court Foundation board members trying to give the land to their cronies. Rossi's blog also is well-written and funny. I like the way he skewers some the public art in Hyde Park. Now, I love public art, but some artists there have put up eyesores that uglify a few key blocks. Rossi and a co-blogger rightfully ridicule these pieces.

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