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April 15, Thursday, 6:30 pm. Public meeting on parking and pay-for-parking on public streets and lands, parks in the Lakefront zone. Convened by Ald. Leslie Hairston. Montgomery Place East Room, 5550 S. South Shore Drive. 773 324-5555. Co-sponsor East Hyde Park Committee. Flyer.


Contact Howard Niden at EHPAComm@yahoo.com. 773 363-4323, 773 752-5136.

The Steering Committee is composed of Howard Niden, Judy Drennen, Maggi Nunn, Kathy Williams.

Next meetings: No meeting this April.

The section of Hyde Park between 54th Place and the north edge of Jackson Park at 56th/57th, Everett to the Lake has a densely built up area, about half high rises (including some early and modern 20th century masterpieces) and half 3- to 5-flats, all squeezed in adjacent to shared areas with regional draw: highly popular public parks and a federal highway-Lake Shore Drive. It was also developed at the start of the heavy automobile age but became behind the curve of auto and parking needs. And much of the infrastructure including sewers is a century and more old. Problems and conflicts are bound to arise, and are always either simmering or boiling over. And the history of problems, conflicts, and dislikes, some with racial overtones,goes back many decades. Some as recently defined are:

Needless to say, there are different resident viewpoints as to the problems, their severity, causes, and possible solutions. Sometimes it gets personal for a while.

Long monitoring and seeking solutions has been the East Hyde Park Committee led by George Kotnour (773 324-5454) and Mickey Conino of South East Chicago Commission (773 324-6926). Meeting most 3rd Wednesdays at 8 am at Montgomery Place east room, reps from city services, officeholders, organizations and buildings discuss issues.
Serving a larger area for many years is the East Hyde Park Committee, which has open meetings monthly except in summer 3rd Wednesday mornings at 8 am at Montgomery Place east room, 5550 South Shore Drive (entry on 56th St.). The committee meetings hear reports and concerns from and hold discussion with representatives from the two aldermanic and ward superintendent offices, Chicago Police, Chicago Park District, University of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, Montgomery Place, many of the realtors, high rise associations and businesses, South East Chicago Commission (which takes a lead in the Committee), and other neighborhood associations. Lead is George Kotnour, 773 324-5454.

New but holding promise to become a broad and successful umbrella is the East Hyde Park Action Committee--interim leader Howard Niden. Contact EHPAComm@yahoo.com.
Howard Niden prov. leader of this new organization. Email EHPAComm@yahoo.com.
Dedicated to learning and acting upon in a positive way neighbors' concerns between 53rd and 56th, the tracks and Lake Michigan. Top priorities include improving city infrastructure and services (such as sewers, lighting, street cleaning), parking issues, general improvements (a nicer place) and community safety (mostly in reference to CAPS). Meets for now 3rd Tuesdays in the Treasure Island lower level.

Other advocacy groups are: Lakefront Task Force for Hyde Park, led by Sharonjoy A. Jackson, and a new Southeast Hyde Park Coalition led by Denise Halverson and others (the latter likely merged into EHPAC).

Serving a larger area for many years is the East Hyde Park Committee, which has open meetings monthly except in summer 3rd Wednesday mornings at 8 am at Montgomery Place east room, 5550 South Shore Drive (entry on 56th St.). The committee meetings hear reports and concerns from and hold discussion with representatives from the two aldermanic and ward superintendent offices, Chicago Police, Chicago Park District, University of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, Montgomery Place, many of the realtors, high rise associations and businesses, South East Chicago Commission (which takes a lead in the Committee), and other neighborhood associations. Lead is George Kotnour, 773 324-5454.

This page will begin with some articles and letters starting in August 2007 setting out the lay of the land and different positions.

Hyde Park Herald August 15, 2007: Parking petition drive aimed at late night crowd

By Yvette Presberry

Inasmuch as there are problems with parking, late-night noise and littering in East Hyde Park, some residents believe visitors to Bar Louie, 5500 S. Lake Shore Dr., and other outsiders are the cause of much of it. East Hyde Park resident Denise Halverson and some others decided one solution is permit parking, though Halverson admits getting the residential-only spaces may be an uphill battle. "Hyde Parkers don't like change," said Halverson.

Among those Halverson will have to convince is Fifth ward Ald. Leslie Hairston. Although parking spaces may be rare near the lakefront, Hairston said parking permits are not the solution to relieve congestion. "It pushes the [problem] from one block to another," Hairston said.

Nevertheless, Halverson is gathering signatures to petition for parking permits along South Shore Drive from 53rd to 56th streets. Halverson points to an overflow of customers from Bar Louie, as well as loiterers visiting the local park at dusk, as justifying the need for permits.

Bar Louis General Manager Al Anderson said the restaurant is being used as a scapegoat. "[The problem] might not be just our customer," Anderson said.

He acknowledged that parking is an issue in the neighborhood, but Anderson also said he has noticed passersby from other areas walking late at night toward the park on South Shore Drive. Ultimately, Anderson said, the restaurant is a boon to the neighborhood. "I think we're helping the community grow economically," Anderson said.

Sharonjoy Jackson, president of the Lakefront Task Force for Hyde Park, sid Bar Louie attracts boisterous clientele who can be heard as late as 3 a.m. Bar Louis is open until 3 a.m. on Saturdays and 2 a.m. on other nights.

Resident Magdalen Luecke said that a parking lot near 55th street and South Shore Drive is also a source of difficulties. Luecke said that a parking lot near 55th Street and south Shore Drive is also a source of difficulties. Luecke said she sees people leaving dirty diapers and other refuse near garbage cans instead of dumping the debris into the cans. When she complained about it to one dumper, the person said, "Oh they've got people for that," according to Luecke.

Jackson agreed and said she recently spoke to 21st district commander Howard Lodding about loiterers in the park as well as the parking lot's late night access. Lodding said the Chicago Park District keeps the parking lot of 177 spaces open primarily because parking is limited. "Parking is hard to come by," Lodding said.

Halverson first introduced the parking petition las t month at a Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy meeting, where other residents voiced opinions condemning alleged lewd behavior in the park, late-night noise and safety concerns.

Halverson said that she has also spoken with Hairston's staff regarding the permits and hopes to meet with Hairston this month to find a parking solution. "We want to make the alderman part of the dialogue," Halverson said.

Hairston said, even if she backed permit parking, she still couldn't reserve spots on the street. South Shore Drive us a federal highway, she said, which would not allow permit parking. "It's not zoned for that," Hairston said. She acknowledged that there are not enough parking spaces for people, and said she would support the development of a parking facility. "But you have to deal with funding it," she added. *

Halverson said that she has more than 160 signatures from residents living near her in Hyde Park, and she said she wants to stimulate conversations toward a solution. "What it [comes] down to is that we need a compromise," Halverson said.

*Some other problems with resident parking in this area pointed out to this website include: Basic zoning of the land for some of the buildings for high density use precludes permit parking under the current ordinance. Not all residents quality for a permit, even if their street address is on the street they want to have the restriction. What happens when there are more cars than spaces per block. (On the other hand, there are permit systems at least in other cities that share by users and/or time of day.) We have also been informed there is a move in Springfield to stop or place a moratorium on further permit parking spaces or districts.

Note that Ms. Halverson and William Zieske have attempted to form a moderate group to work on improvements with the Alderman's office but have had little success organizing such. They deplore the rancor and publicity-hunt the say are mainstays of the Lakefront Task Force and new East Hyde Park groups


Some letters and views setting forth differing concerns, agendas and solutions

Michael and Pat Hoke have taken a close look at street and parking signage and conditions along the entire stretches of South Shore Drive and Everett between 53rd and 56th and have given the Alderman suggestions to improve stop and turning requirements, signage and enforcement, spacing and dedication of spaces, and management of the park district lot--such as using pay and display technology that could or could not be open all rather than giving keys to high rise doormen.

Denise Halverson calls for proactive solutions and compromises in a letter titled by the Herald (August 15 2007) "Hyde Park is not Mayberry."

(Note: Halverson is leader of the parking permit petition drive.)

In response to Sharonjoy Jackson's letter of Aug. 1, I say, "Yes, it is too much to ask that a neighborhood, in the middle of a large city, near parks and the lakefront, be a quiet, bucolic residential area." This is an unrealistic request and if this is what you are fighting to achieve, you will not be successful.

While we have t he good fortune of living near parks and the lake, those amenities are for the benefit of all Chicagoans. I love to see people responsibly enjoying picnics and family time together in the parks. Ms. Jackson's concern that the Park District does not monitor permit holders sounds reasonable until you look at the reality of doing that. How much parkland does Chicago have? How many permits are issued? How many people would it take to monitor the activity of the permit holders? The Park District is not a police force, and once the permits are obtained, it falls to resident to notify the proper authorities if the permit holders are being excessive. Pick up the phone and dial 911.

Ms. Jackson claims that the police patrol but have no effect when they do. Her exact words were, "The police can patrol areas, but not eliminate problems." I take exception to this statement. First, this is a city; once one problem is eliminated, another comes along to take its place. Second, 21st District Commander Howard Lodding and his officers listen to complaints and find solutions.

One example is the amazing job they have done at clearing out the parks along South Shore Drive between 53rd and 55th streets. After attending one CAPS meeting and voicing my concern, the police presence has increased and the parks are empty. I now sleep at night instead of calling 911. This may sound simple, but with a limited number of cars on the street, the large area to be covered, and the risks that officers on the streets encounter, this is a significant accomplishment. I am grateful to all the officer who have improved my quality of life, and I can't thank them enough.

In response to Ms. Jackson's question, "Who really cares about our community?" I have two answers: The officers on the streets doing their jobs to benefit us, and an alderman willing to listen. The officers routinely work beyond their shifts to make our streets safer--what more can we ask of these dedicated individuals? Alderman Hairston listens to concerns and tries to find solutions. Finding solutions demands compromise and a realization that, as an individual, you may not always get exactly what you want. An alderman has to balance all concerns, find ways to fund solutions and get the necessary votes to enable the solutions to go forward. No small task--it can take years of work to make things happen. Just because change doesn't happen overnight doesn't doesn't mean she doesn't care. Chatting with Alderman Hairston after the CAPS picnic on Aug. 9, I fond her to be very concerned and open to residents' comments. The alderman has agreed to meet with a group of concerned citizens, the newly formed Southeast Hyde Park Coalition, in September to discuss issues impacting this area in more detail.

Finally, Bar Louie is a favorite Lake Front Task Force topic. The taskforce repeatedly claims that gang activity, prostitution an drug dealing all stem from Bar Louie's presence in East Hyde Park. But there are no 911 calls from residents to back up this claim--if these things are happening, why isn't the taskforce calling 911?

It is unfair to our police officers to come to a CAPS meeting and yell at them without doing your part when the activity is supposedly happening. It is unfair to your neighbors to write to the Herald about rampant prostitution and drug dealing that there is no evidence of.

In closing, I would like to ask my fellow residents to be reasonable in your requests. Remember this is a large city and not Mayberry. Restaurants and bars bring benefits to our neighborhoods, as well as frustrations. We need to work with Bar Louie, the police and our alderman to find realistic solutions to the frustrations. We must also do our part and be good partners with the police and the alderman. Being a good partner means calling 911 if there is indeed a problem. Records are kept and this way it is verifiable. And finally, realizing that while these issues are frustrating, we are fortunate that we don't hear gunfire. Perspective is never a bad thing.

Ms. Jackson's letter of August 1

Is it true you cannot fight city hall? Well, it seems true for East Hyde Park these days. How can the little guy fight entrenched and unresponsive bureaucracy? Who really cares about our community? Who is helping us retain a unique, more natural progressive, yet quiet, bucolic, residential area? Is this too much to ask?

The park district can issue permits, but does not monitor the permit holders.

The police can patrol areas, but not eliminate problems.

Aldermen listen to concerns, but do little else.

The East Hyde Park community has been asking, for at least three years, that he 55gh Street Chicago Park District parking lot be locked per past practice, and per exiting signage, in order to keep criminal activities toned down and provide parking or community residents.

No one was excluded from entering or leaving the lot at any time. When locked (from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.), keys were available at nearby buildings.

The perception has been, and continues to be, keeping this lot unlocked coincided with Bar Louie being established in the community. Crime, extreme loud noise, yelling, arguments, fights, music, illicit sexual activities and drug sale and use have increased now that the lot remains unlocked over night.

Scattered police patrols do nothing to curb these activities (which stop when a patrol car is visible and then resume) which can go on until 3 a.m. to 5 a.m.

According to a recent phone call to me by Police Officer Chew, assistant for the police unit dealing with parks, until the (5th Ward) Alderman changes her mind, this lot will remain unlocked.

And so, the beat goes on and on and on.


Sharonjoy Jackson (Lake Front Task Force) says in the same issue that Problems in East Hyde Park are real.

It seems that after attending last week's CAPS meeting and cookout for Beat 132, there is yet another attempt to cast aspersions against my complaints as well as my immediate neighbors', nearby buildings staffs', or my, eye witness accounts of activities which negatively impact our quality of life.

Though we many live or work 24/7 in and around 55th Street and South Shore Drive, we are told whatever it is we have witnessed did not happen--as though we are lying, senile or just plain out of our minds. There has been no investigation or query on anyone's part to determine if what we encounter is based on fact or fiction. Normally, I believe what I am told by neighbor, building staff, and so on. I have gone so far as to investigate as much as possible so that I may truthfully say, yes, these situations actually occur.

For someone who does not live in Hyde Park, or may live several blocks away, to actually dispute what we truthfully complain about is not only insulting, it is unprincipled. To also say we must accept a business chain (which is disruptive and now seriously and negatively impacts the surrounding neighborhood) in order to attract other business chains to Hyde Park is an argument we have heard for the past several years. This has not panned out.

The only other chain that has entered the Hyde Park community is Borders, which, as predicted, is not doing well. Let us keep and nurture the small businesses, which are assets tot he community, rather than those large, commercial entities that add nothing positive to our community--and which show little, if any, interest in our community, our needs, and our uniqueness. And, yes, this is community. Top


Some of the neighbors met in February 2008. Citing alleged low-bar city services and infrastructure, they seek to form a new association. Here is Alderman Hairston's response in the February 27 Herald:

I was appalled by the lack of journalistic standards reflected in the Feb. 20 "East Hyde Parkers Voice Concerns." The unidentified "reporter" made no attempt to verify accusations about "the elected officials in this neighborhood," or to give my office an opportunity to provide a different perspective.

I am also disappointed that "half a dozen" constituents chose to share their concerns with the Herald. I offered to meet with east Hyde Park constituents months ago and my office has continued to inquire about the meeting and has been waiting for Howard Niden to say when. In the meantime, we have responded to issues individuals brought to our attention last summer.

One concern was about better lighting on South Shore Drive, a major project we may have funs to cover this year. We expedited tree trimming as a temporary alleviation .Status reports from Streets and Sanitation suggest adequate leaf, snow and trash removal. As to drugs, feedback at CAPS and ward meetings indicates residents believe they receive prompt response from our office, the 21st district police and the University of Chicago police.

Last May, we recorded a complaint form Magdalen Nunn about sidewalk and sewer problems that required the services of several city departments, including Water, Transportation, Electricity and Streets and Sanitation. My staff assisted contact with the appropriate program to assist instances where owners have some financial responsibility (e.g. for private drains). A recent call to Nunn confirmed her condo association has not completed the steps necessary for further action, largely because of the frustration with the process.

I too am frustrated the Herald is once again publishing one-sided, hear-say "stories" that more rightly belong in Letters to the Editor or on the editorial page. In this case, you do readers a disservice by wrongly implying it is a waste of time contacting the word office to facilitate 311 services. A simple telephone call to verify the facts is all it takes for a newspaper to at least attempt to provide a balanced report.


East Hyde Park Action Committee letter in May 21 2008 Herald

E. Hyde Parkers addressing problems

Earlier this year a group of concerned East Hyde Park residents came together to discuss mutual concerns and issues as well as hoping to produce solutions to make this community a better, cleaner and safer place to live and shop. In an effort to include other community members, university students, neighbors, business owners an so on, were invited to join us by attending our first meeting held on Monday evening, April 21, in the Treasure Island downstairs meeting room -- with standing room only. To accomplish this over a thousand flyers were distributed and posted throughout East Hyde Park.

The aldermanic representative was invited to attend by telephone as were the new Area 2 Police District commander and a University of Chicago representative as being the major influences in the East Hyde Park neighborhood. We were fortunate enough to have the commander attend as well as the liaison to the alderman attend. The commander spoke to the group about the importance of talking with neighborhood groups and invited audience members to discuss concerns and problems with him.

The populace at meeting decide, by vote, these were the most prominent issues they wished to deal with:

Our group will continue to meet with the community and include others as necessary to resolve these concerns and problems. Notification of monthly meetings will appear in the Herald and elsewhere. We will hold our next meeting in June and the community will be notified once we establish a meeting place, date and time. We continue to hope for even more community interest and support. This is our neighborhood and we are all in this together.


Second meeting, June 17, 2008. Of sewers and their complexities and costs

One thing to watch for not mentioned here is when having sewer pipes replaced, use cast iron rather than clay tile. Get more than one contractor estimate and make sure they are licensed.

Hyde Park Herald, June 25, 2008. By Kate Hawley

With several staffers from the city's water department in tow, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) made her first appearance last Tuesday before the East Hyde Park Action Committee, a group of local residents that formed recently to lobby for more city services in their neighborhood. At the meeting held on the lower level of Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St., locals complained about gutters stuffed with leaves, tree roots breaking through sewer pipes and water pooling in the streets.

"It's good to have an open forum to get all of these things out," Hairston said, and introduced Tommie C. Tallie [?] Jr., deputy commissioner in the Department of Water Management. He detailed for the audience of about 35 what the city is doing to improve the overtaxed sewer system, which has been further strained by a spring of torrential rains. His department has completed nearly 1,800 investigations and repairs in the 5th Ward so far in 2008, on incidents ranging from water in basements to sewer cave-ins to missing hydrant caps [that can cause hydrants to freeze in winter], he said. city are aging, according to Tallie. "All I can tell you is they're very, very old," he said. "Our resolution to that is to get them replaced."

Four sewer repair projects are scheduled to begin in Hyde Park between July and November, he said: on Everett Avenue between 55th and 56th streets; on 56th Street between Hyde Park Boulevard and Everett Avenue; on 52nd Street between Cottage Grove Avenue and Drexel Avenue; and on Drexel Avenue between Hyde Park Boulevard and 53rd Street. [A lady was disappointed that Everett 54th to 55th was not included.] Half a dozen additional sewer repair projects will take place in the 5th Ward outside Hyde Park's boundaries, he added.

Most of the sewers will not be replaced but rather relined in a process that is becoming more common citywide, in which a machine coats the interior of the sewer with a reinforced lining."That bladder will last 100 years," he said.

Several residents were complimentary about the water department's work, while others said standing water and flooding basements are still major problems. [Standing water in the street related to grading problems is the provenance of the Dept. of Transportation, he said.] Magdalen Nunn said she has been spending thousands each year because maple tree routs are growing into her sewers. Although the damaged sewer is technically on city property, she is responsible for fixing it because it comes from her condo building. The city's Private Drain Program, which Hairston said began in her ward, is designed to help homeowners with precisely this problem. The city will pay for any repairs to a private sewer on city property. However, the program applies only to buildings with four units or fewer, an Nunn lives in the same building she has occupied since the 1960s."It seems to me there has to be some kind of relief," she said.

A few residents also asked Hairston and Ward Superintendent Gloria Pittman for more street cleaning to remove leaves that collect in curbs. Howard Niden, chairman of the East Hyde Park Action Committee, moved that the group take up this topic at its next meeting, along with public safety. After that, he pledged the group would tackle the issue of permit parking for East Hyde Park. The committee circulated a petition in favor of it, while Hairston insisted that there is not enough land to accommodate all residents' cars through the permit parking system.


August 13 meeting. Topic Parking. But first an update paper from the steering committee

East Hyde Park Action Committee Update August 13, 2008

Howard Niden, EHPACOMM@yahoo.com writes:

I was very pleased by the turnout for 0ur two meetings. There are obviously several issues that we have in common. Based on our meeting, the top four seem to be:

For different reasons, each of these areas requires focus and a long term commitment by our group if we are going to see progress and maintain the gains that we do make. we need your support to make this happen.

To this end, I not that in our 17 June meeting, we focused on the sewer situation. Alderman Hairston rallied and impressive turnout from the Department of Water-- including a deputy commissioner. Further, in preparation for our meeting, the City made significant efforts in our neighborhood and made quite a bit of progress against sewer issues. Finally, the representatives of the Department of Water made commitment to address issues that were raised at the meeting.

Howard Niden

[Note that EHPAC seeks chairs for each of the above bullet-point focus groups.]

Highlights of the August 13 2008 meeting

Former alderman Barbara Holt described her experiences dealing with parking issues and parking task forces. Parking is a quality of life issue, she advised. It is complex in itself and evokes partisanship running from no regulation to highly restrictive. It's organic--change the rules here and it spills over there. Community input and consensus building is crucial. There was a task force with a consultant in the mid 1990s. Even dealing with business needs and practices is complex. The crux is to find something that regulates or gives space at the key times people come into the neighborhood or come home. Facts are needed such as exactly how many cars, spaces, residents, business turnover, what similar areas have tried.

Residents pointed out that adding to the burden are people who come in and park their cars during the day and go downtown or elsewhere, and visitors to the Point and other parkland, the night gathering on South Shore, or to Bar Louis late. Bottom line is that people want a short and safe walk to their homes from cars. There was general feeling that the current alderman and city were just giving up on the question.

Howard Niden suggested the group look for and advocate specified outcomes rather than specific means and reach out to all stakeholders. One possible means was smart pricing with machines, including recognition of residents who would be priced less and by times-- and those coming in just to set their cars there would pay a premium. He suggested getting an expert to tell us what is likely to work.


September 3 meeting update

Thanks to those who attended. I believe that we had a productive meeting. We had discussions on the following topics:

Public Parking. We had a lively discussion. Our position paper (attached) was updated (thanks to all those who provided comments and suggestions) to reflect the consensus of the group.

Our Phone Tree Project. The idea is to produce a list of folks who will be willing to call 911/311 to report incidents. Since the system responds better to multiple calls we are trying to make sure that there are multiple calls to report incidents. If you would like to participate, let me know. I just need to know your name and until what time of night you will be willing to take/make a call regarding an incident. If you are interested, but have questions about the process, let me know and I will forward your name on to someone who can explain in more detail.

Focus Group Membership. Are noted earlier, we are organizing four focus groups (Parking; City Services--including street cleaning, Public Safety and Sewers). We decided that we would begin our next meeting (6:30 on 1 October at the Treasure Island) with focus group meetings and then convene the whole group at 7:30. This will give the focus groups a chance to meet without having to schedule separate meetings. If you are interested in joining a focus group, please let me know.

Fund raising. We do not have membership dues, but we are accepting donations. We raised over $80 at the meeting. Please bring a few dollars to the next one.
Once again, thank you for those who attended. All, please mark your calendars for our next meeting, pass this email on to your neighbors and if you want to join a focus group, please let me know.

The November meeting was dedicated to a report from and discussion by MAC Properties, discussion of a position draft on public safety, and a meeting with Mr. delafleur on innovative ways to control runoff and flooding problems (suggesting testing interest on parts of appropriate blocks for joint exploration of actions).


September 17 Letter to Herald by committee

Parking solution needed for East Hyde Park

The East Hyde Park Action Committee was formed to help improve the East Hyde neighborhood by involving residents in issues hat affect our quality of life. There are four issues that the committee agrees are important to East Hyde Parkers:

By focusing on four issues that are common to most Hyde Parkers the committee felt that it could gain support, formulate positions on the issues and work with the city to make the neighborhood a better place to live.

To that end, the East Hyde Park Action Committee is specifically focused on outcomes. We believe that there are experts who know quite a bit more than the residents regarding the problems and potential solutions.

That said, because these problems are seriously impact[ing] our quality of life and are growing we include several suggested solutions.

Here, we will focus on the parking issue.

Framing the problem.
For a variety of reasons, East Hyde Park is a popular place for people to park their cars:

The desired outcome
The residents of the neighborhood would like to see a solution that:

The members of the East Hyde Park Action Committee believe that the balance between visitors/guests and residents is out of balance and does not adequately satisfy the needs of residents.

Possible solutions
At our Aug. 13 meeting the committee came up with nine alternatives -- the top two vote- getters are listed below.

A call to action
"Doing nothing" is not an option. There are at least two large scale developments (Cornell at 53rd, Cornell at 56th and just north of 54th and Hyde Park Blvd.) on the immediate horizon (i.e., the next couple of years) and several other potential developments (including the 2016 summer Olympics) in the longer term. Even with requirements for internal parking, these developments are almost certainly going to increase the demand for street parking in an area that is already over its limit.

As indicated initially, our intention is to achieve the outcome articulated above. We present the selected solutions (listed above) to begin a dialog. We understand that they are not perfect, but they would swing the balance between the requirements of guest/visitors and residents into a place that is more reasonable for residents.

We therefore call on the alderman to work with the city to either come up with an alternative (which is their job) or implement one of the solutions that we propose above.

Howard Niden, East Hyde Park Committee.



Safety steps asked

Using much of the same language as in the Parking statement, that on Public Safety gives general background on the four topics, frames the problem (asking people if they feel safe now and safer than 5 year ago walking around at night (repliers said no) and why do families with young children leave (safety being a top answer).

Being outcomes-based, the group extrapolated from survey responses that a good neighborhood outcome is one that:

EHPAC seeks an increase in resource allocation for police resources as the most straightforward way to improve safety.

Action Call:

It asks police and elected officials propose a plan that would:

Then make the commitments and execute the plan.


A contact list of governmental liaisons for East Hyde Park

Prepared by East Hyde Park Action Committee Steering Committee (ehpaccom@yahoo.com) (Howard Niden, Judy Drennen, Sharonjoy Jackson, Maggi Nunn, Kathy Williams) and revised by Gary Ossewaarde, August 2008

Leslie A. Hairston Alderman (5th) 773 324-5555 City of Chicago
Jeffery LaPorte Police officer 312 747-8344 Chicago Police Department
Drug House Gang House enforcement Strategic Task Force
Tom LaPorte Public Relations 312 742-1029 Department of Water and Sewers
Gloria Pitman 5th Ward Rep & Supervisor 312 747-7900 Streets and Sanitation
Bea Reyna-Hickey Director 312 744-0512 Chicago Department of Revenue
Demetrius E. Carney President, Police Board 312 742-4194 Chicago Police Department
John M. Doty Commander, 21st District 312 747-5143 Chicago Police Department
Liz Millan Manager, South Region 312 747-7662 Chicago Park District
A.J. Jackson Area Manager 312 747-7661 Chicago Police District
Mary Lou Eisenhower Acting Commissioner   Local Control Commission, Dept. of Business Affairs and Licensing, City Hall 121 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60602