Surveying Hyde Park's retail, residential scenes

Historic homes on East 52nd Street in Chicago

Joe Zekas and I were noting this morning that Hyde Park is a neighborhood that’s due for a thorough YoChicago checkup. By sheer coincidence, Hyde Park Urbanist published its own look at new neighborhood development, with a focus on nine sites awaiting commercial or mixed-use development. HPU’s view?

My argument still is that Hyde Park is actually in pretty good shape, but that the neighborhoods around us lack commercial amenities. This has been somewhat quantified by the walkability scores posted here, where Hyde Park is listed in tenth place among Chicago neighborhoods, just beating out Logan Square and Lincoln Square. The lack of places to walk to in surrounding neighborhoods makes Hyde Park seem deader than it really is.

Hyde Park’s new-construction and conversion listings include:

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