News about 53rd St. in Hyde Park, Chicago

Community News Officer

Hello Hyde Park

 Hi. I’m Kadesha Thomas, the new Community News Officer for the University of Chicago.

As the University moves forward in its effort to revitalize 53rd Street, I hope to build on the forum Deva Woodly started here earlier this summer. This blog will continue to be a space for dialogue among University folks, community residents and interested observers. Here, you can find updates on development and a space to share your opinions and ask questions.

A little background on me: I am a resident of neighboring Bronzeville and looking forward to a new 53rd Street. I was born and raised in the Chicago area, and my entire extended family lives throughout the city’s South and West Sides. I have been away for exactly 10 years, studying journalism and public health and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. At times I feel like a newcomer, but my love for the Hyde Park area and desire to see it grow are how I know I’m at home.