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.