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Recent press coverage has been about our role in renewed public input into guidelines for RFP for Harper Court and commissioning of a design study for what a new Harper Court could look like, our views on Olympic impacts, and our Feb. 18, 2009 kickoff 60th anniversary forum, "Challenging the Next Decade" and our role in possible reprieve for Harper Theater.

April 2011 President Jane Ciacci joined Ald. Hairston (5th) and others in a press conference questioning a quicky contract to privatize and take citywide the blue cart recycling pilot with little transparency-- this seems to be a pattern between departments and city council. Concern was also expressed about local jobs.

In February and March 2010 the Herald ran features on what the Schools Committee is up to and on our upcoming Feb. 23 Biennial Recognition Ceremony and featured speaker Jacqueline Edelberg, author of "How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance." Also our leters on opportunity to run for Local School Councils.

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference picks Camille Hamilton-Doyle to head its Schools Committee. Hamilton-Doyle will continue to head the Community Safety Committee. The Schools Committee is one of the most active Conference committees. (Note that this announcement is a little premature and this may be an interim appointment since the HPKCC President elected in October appoints committee chairs, usually at the Board's first meeting of the year in October.)

Hyde Park Herald, April 14, 2010. By Daschell M. Phillips

Camille Hamilton-Doyle will become the new chairwoman of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, or HP-K CC, schools committee starting Oct. 201o. It is HP-K CC policy that board members serve two 3-year terms then take a year off and after the year decide if they want to run for office again. The term of service for current chairwoman, Nancy Baum, will expire, so she has to relinquish her spot on th board and any committees in which she serves as chair. [The latter is not accurate.]

Hamilton-Doyle, who has been a HydePark resident since age of 5, is a retired Illinois Bell employee, and a Hyde Park Neighborhood Club and Kenwood Academy High School staff member. She is currently a local school council member at Kenwood and is a member of several hyde Park organizations including the Hyde Park Kiwanis Club, University of Chicago Service League, 57th Street Children's Book Fair, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and a 4th Ward Democratic Organization volunteer. She also serves on the security and the 4th of July committees of the conference [4th of July is not a committee of the Conference-- its committee Nichols Park Advisory Council co-directs the 4th on 53rd].

Baum, who recommended Doyle for the position, said she might use her time away from the board to take some courses at the Oriental Institute, where she serves as a docent, and resume her piano lessons. Top

Hyde Park Herald, April 14, 2010. HP-K CC announces seminar on security issues

The security committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is hosting a free Internet security seminar on April 24 to answer the community's questions about online protection strategies.

"So many people have questions about identity theft, pop ups and what to do if they get scammed," said Camille hamilton Doyle, security committee chairwoman. "They are also interested in learning how to build blogs, tweet, e-mail and text."

The seminar will take place from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., in the little theater. To R.S.V.P email rbuchner@hydeparksystems.com. [Note- it is OK to come without RSVP.]

The Herald February 3 ran our letter on what we will be watching for as plans for Harper Court development procede.

In several issues, including April 7, 2010, the Herald noted the role of HPKCC and its development committee in dialogue with the University concerning the structual study HPKCC commissioned of the Theater and Herald buildings, dialogue that led to facade repairs that hopefully would lead to removal of the scaffolding.

HPKCC to run again in 2010 the Columbus weekend annual Hyde Park Used Book Sale in October. Visit the Book Fair page.

See in Bus Routes home page Hyde Park Herald coverage of our Transit Task Force Bus Route Workshops including success in bringing the #15 back to Lake Park.
The special 50-year retrospective issue of the Herald July 21, 2004 carried a long feature on Urban Renewal--"story of the century"--which favorably documenters the work of the Conference from 1949 into the 70s and beyond.

Since the fall of 2005, the media, print and TV, was coming to HPKCC for a community pulse on the events that reflect or impact quality of life and the reality of "community."

The April 19 2006 issue of the Hyde Park Herald set a "modern" record for mentions of the Conference and features on our programs (and our e-mail was given twice):


In this page--also serves as a running list of citations:

The April 19 2006 issue of the Hyde Park Herald set a "modern" record for mentions of the Conference and features on our programs (and our e-mail was given twice):


The Conference and its Condos/Co-ops committee helped get the word out about the sprinkler retrofit proposed ordinances and a meeting on the same; attendance by a board member at a city hearing on the question is just one of the ways we keep up on issues and represent residents.

Earlier references

A January 7 2004 letter to the Herald by Paula Robinson of Bronzeville Community Development Partnership mentioned HPKCC's forums and called for a "family conference" between neighborhoods. HPKCC is exploring such a possibility. " What remains is many unresolved issues and perhaps it is time to call an extended family conference in an open and inclusive forum like the Hyde Park Kenwood (HPKCC) facilitates so effectively each year. Perhaps by identifying some of the questions we can begin to find answers that truly promote this greater good that we keep haring about. " HPKCC has been in touch with both the Friends of the Checkerboard and the University on the issues. Friends of the Checkerboard will appear at the February board meeting.

In the December 18,2003 Tribune, HPKCC President George Rumsey rebutted Tribune coverage of the Checkerboard Lounge issue and praised the University for preserving this institution and enriching the South Side.

Blues landmark

Chicago Tribune, December 18, 2003. Letter by George Rumsey, President, Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference

This is regarding [Tribune article] "Blues landmark 'stolen' by U. of C., critics say; Bronzeville club plans to reopen in Hyde Park" (Metro, Dec. 11.) To accuse the University of Chicago of cultural "stealing" is a disingenuous attempt to capitalize on the demise of the Checkerboard Lounge. The Bronzeville neighbors of the Checkerboard who are now protesting should have done much more to support the blues bar before it was forced to close.

We should all rejoice that a rich cultural legacy such as the Checkerboard can be preserved and maintained, even if it is a few blocks south of its original home. Kudos to the University of Chicago.


Letter of President Rumsey in the December 24, 2003 Hyde Park Herald

Park District can't have our parks for parking lots

To the Editor:

On Thursday, Dec. 4, the full board of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference voted unanimously to endorse two separate resolutions affecting neighborhood parks.

Stephanie Franklin, from the Nichols Park Advisory Council, presented a well-though-out critique of the current landscaping designs being implemented around the new field house in Nichols Park. Much to the advisory council's dismay, these plans drastically differ from what was originally presented to and approve by the advisory council. The board strongly endorsed the advisory council's view that the design should be restored.

When I expressed HPKCC's concern to the Chicago Park District, at the board's direction I also emphasized our belief that advisory councils in general should be given a much stronger voice in decision-making, since they best represent the neighborhoods that use the parks.

At a later point in our meeting, parks again came up on the agenda. Gary Ossewaarde put forward a motion on behalf of the Harold Washington Park Advisory Council, supporting the council's opposition to building a parking lot in Harold Washington Park. Although everyone recognizes the need for more parking in Hyde Park, the board felt that the loss of park space is not the best way to address this problem.

Our parks give us some of our most precious space, and the advisory councils are the first line of defense in their protection. Anyone who is interested in what is happening in our parks is encouraged to visit www.hydepark.org and explore the HPKCC's parks web site.

George W. Rumsey, President, HPKCC


Harold Washington resolution: passed unanimously: proposed parking lot north of the Model Yacht Basin opposed.

Final Resolution proposed by the Parks Committee, Re: Proposed parking lot in Harold Washington Park, as approved unanimously 12-04-03

Harold Washington Park is a very heavily-used spin-off from historic Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Burnham Park, is part of the Lakefront protected by Ordinance, and honors the late Mayor Harold Washington and

The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council, when apprised that the design team for the lakefront park and shoreline reconstruction from 45th to 51st Streets has proposed a 60-car parking lot be located between the Model Yacht Basin in HW park and 51st Street, voted on December 2 to oppose the placement of a parking lot in the park, which position was strongly seconded by the Lakefront Region Manager and South Lakefront Area Manager at the meeting and

The issue is a general one both of park integrity and of the interest of neighbors, living in adjacent high rises, who at the advisory council meeting said neighbors deserve to see or look down on a park and not a parking lot, therefore

Be it resolved that
The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference supports the Harold Washington Advisory Council in its opposition to placement of a parking lot in Harold Washington Park.


Hyde Park Herald, Wednesday, February 18, 2004. Also in the Winter 2004 Conference Reporter. Section printed in the Herald is highlighted. (There was a flood of letters to the Herald on the Point that week). See more letters by Conference members in Promontory Latest.

Standing for Promontory Point

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference has supported and continues to support the work of the Community Task Force to “Save the Point.” After several years of research and consulting with the community, the Task Force has presented a viable, cost-effective plan to rebuild the shoreline at Promontory Point. In the past few months of mediated talks, the Task Force and the City have engaged in a creative give-and-take that resolved nearly every issue. The project has benefited from the firm support and guidance of Alderman Hairston.

On January 28, mediated talks that had come close to a mutually satisfactory resolution broke down, at least for the time being. (Those wishing more detail should read Mediator Jamie Kalven’s Report, available at www.hydepark.org.) The city cited various time constraints and remaining uncertainties over costs of construction and maintenance of a limestone step revetment. The city’s easy "out" was to insist upon a return to their hybrid, limestone-and-concrete proposal of August 2003, instead of the Task Force’s carefully-refined preservation and access plan.

The city’s plan cannot be called “preservation” and provides inadequate access for persons with disabilities, especially to the lower level and to the water. But it is important to note that (1) the city has not shut the door to another “viable plan within budget” and (2) the city is under federal and state obligations that preclude both unilateral action and walking away from the Point.

It is not acceptable for one of the parties to opt out of productive talks. All involved parties should return to the table and use the 2004 hiatus in the project to arrive at a “best” solution. We ask the Alderman’s good offices in this and are willing to assist should the parties so desire.

The community and its leaders should stand together and support the process in progress until the parties have resumed and carried talks to their conclusion.

George Rumsey, President
Gary Ossewaarde, Parks Chairman

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference


Riders voice frustration over route changes to #28

Hyde Park Herald, March 10, 2004. By Mike Stevens.
[Claude Weil is a member of HPKCC who has given tips and advice to the Transit Task Force and is a board member of the Hyde Park Historical Society. James Withrow is chairman of the HPKCC Transit Task Force.]

The Chicago Transit Authority has extended its trial period to August for route changes along the South Lake Shore, which includes the #28 Stony Island Express. The CTA recently shifted the #28 route east of the Metra tracks two blocks, from Lake Park Avenue to Hyde Park Boulevard between 57th and 51st Streets.

The change, made in December to alleviate overcrowding on the #6 Jackson Park Express, leaves Lake Park Avenue without direct bus service downtown.

"Obviously, the changes are totally negative from my perspective," said longtime Hyde Parker Claude Weil, who lives off Lake Park Avenue and rode the #28 to get downtown. The 72-year-old Weil now faces long walks with bags of groceries to Hyde Park Boulevard and 55th Street.

In an effort to improve downtown bus service, the Chicago Transit Authority made the #28 an express last August. But over-crowding during the morning rush on the #6 route, which travels Hyde Park Boulevard, led to he recent route change, according to CTA.

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and both 4th and 5th Ward aldermen oppose the route shift, according to James Withrow of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference.

Critics complain the route change moves downtown bus service an additional two blocks away for central Hyde Parkers. They also point out the move doubles up existing express routes on Hyde Park Blvd. Meanwhile, Lake Park Avenue, a commercial corridor, is left without direct downtown bus service.

"The problems [the route change] were trying to solve, namely overcrowding on the #6 in the morning could have been fixed another way," Withrow said. He suggested instead increase in the size and number of buses on the #6 route during the morning rush.

"We are aware of the wishes of some of those in the community and continue to look into how those routes could better meet the needs of the customer," said CTA spokesman Robyn Ziegler. Ziegler said any changes are experimental and ongoing tweaking of routes reflect efforts to improve overall service. "Before the routes become permanent it has to be approved by the [CTA Board]," Ziegler said.

CTA officials evaluate routes by how many people ride the bus, where they get on and off as well as public feedback, Ziegler said. In August, the CTA will either extend the trial period, make further adjustments or recommend the changes be made permanent.


President Rumsey congrats, thanks Herald, calls for participation

To the Editor. July 28, 2004. HP-KCC gets 15 min

Congratulations on both your "50 years and counting" and on the outstanding special article by Bruce Sagan on Urban Renewal. As a relative newcomer to Hyde Park (I've only lived here since 1976), I very much enjoyed reading his well-developed account of the momentous changes that took place in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood.

I was especially gratified to read that the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference figures so prominently and positively in his recollection. Today, the Conference continues to maintain our mission of trying to "work toward and attractive, secure, diverse, and caring community."

How fitting that the headlines of the regular edition of the Herald this past week were about our Transit Task Force meetings. Anyone interested in joining our programs for transit, parks, schools, the Garden Fair, Nichols Park, condos and coops management, and long-running programs like WhistleStop, or helping us maintain www.hydepark.org, should join the Conference. The Conference needs members and community involvement if it is to continue its positive role in our neighborhood.

With best wishes for your continued reporting.

George W. Rumsey President, HPKCC


President Rumsey quoted by Dina Weinstein in Herald commentary, November 24, 2004 on effect of perception of danger, panhandling hurting Hyde Park's reputation, business

George Rumsey, chairman of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, works with people to address the neighborhood's issues. He is also a small business owner. He says aggressive hustlers and panhandlers have hurt his business. Over the years, when he's told prospective clients his training sessions are in Hyde Park, they've simply hung up on him. "There's a sense that Hyde Park is dangerous," Rumsey said.


Obituary notice: Irving Horwitz, early HPKCC leader and Urban Renewal planner

Hyde Park Herald, December 22, 2004

Irving Horwitz, a prominent figure in the Urban Renewal movement that swept across Hyde Park and Kenwood in the 1950s and 60s, died on Nov. 16 after 54 years in the community. He was 78.

Accompanied by his new wife Reva (Mickey), Horwitz came to Hyde Park seeking his B.A. and M. A. in Political Science at the University of Chicago after serving in World War II. His career began in the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference where he was appointed block director in 1954 and eventually became the conference's executive director.

From the HPKCC, Horwitz made his way to what is now the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) where for 23 years he held positions in Urban Renewal and Community Relations and was also administrator of t he Chicago Regional Office of Equal Opportunity and executive director of the Midwest Federal Regional Council.

During the years he worked at HUD, Horwitz taught "The Politics of the Bureaucracy," a political science course he created at DePaul University, NOrthern Illinois University, Barat college and the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

After his retirement form HUD, Horwitz volunteered in a number of local community organizations including the Hyde Park Cooperative Society, the Cornell Village Tower Board, the Chicagoland Jewish Secular Humanist Organization and the Chicago Historical Society.


Board member Clairon Ferrono participates in Enhancing Assets art networking and resources conference Jan. 29, 2005, is quoted in Chicago Maroon.

... representatives appreciated the diversity of subjects that the conference covered. "Hearing and seeing people from organizations I never knew existed is very energizing and exciting," said Clairan Ferrono, a board member of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. "Having issues go from the extremely abstract and academic to the ground-level and practical is very interesting."

Conference cited by Weekly News, Jan. 2005, for supporting speed bumps and other traffic calming near schools

Conference's Schools Forum March 14 touted by Hannah Hayes in her Guest Commentary in March 9 Hyde Park Herald, p. 4.

Conference praised by Barbara Currie for its role in community

March 4, 2005, State Rep. and Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie addressed the UC Democrats on involvement in "local" politics--which here quickly become national and international, she said.

She emphasized getting involved with organizations such as Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, which she cited as a neighborhood coalition that works on transportation and public education and the debate surrounding Promontory Point. She also dealt with a wide range of issues but said a change in CTA funding was implausible unless revenue is found.


The Herald March 23, 2005 cited, quoted transit chair James Withrow on the mounting CTA crisis."

Despite finding CTA bureaucracy difficult to deal with at times, James Withrow of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community [Conference] Transit Task Force, said he thinks much of the internal waste has been eliminated and fears local service is next on the chopping block. "I don't want to pick any one of those options because they all harm public transportation," Withrow said. "It's time for the city and the state to put a little more money in."


The March 23 Herald covered the HPKCC State of the Schools in HP-K held March 14. (See in Renaissance 2010 page.) HPKCC Schools Chairman Homer Ashby was cited for his concern that Kozminski and Reavis might be closed as non-performing schools: "There are some schools in Hyde Park area who are not performing or not doing as well as they or we would like...The concern is whether those schools will be [considered for] closing." Supt. Arne Duncan and Area Instructional Officer said no, these are not among the really low performing schools that are targeted by 2010.