Dear editor, 

The story about the cul-de-sac (or dead end as we used to call them) coming to Greenwood Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard ( mentions landscaping. It should be noted, however, that the CDOT plan shown indicates the removal of two trees. One of them is likely the large tree seen at right in the associated photograph (east elevation; the other is on the west elevation). I guess this tree removal fits in what what has happened in Jackson Park for a related purpose. Rather than installing a cul-de-sac, the optimal outcome would have been for the Obamas to sell the house to which they will never return and have Greenwood go back to being a normal street. In exchange, I suggest that the confusingly named East Hyde Park Blvd. (5100 S) be renamed Barack Obama Blvd. This would have the added benefit of the Hyde Park Blvd. name referring only to the north-south running street.

Joshua Telser

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