Tag Archive for housing issue

South of 60th

The streets of Hyde Park are saturated with lush trees forming gentle archways over the pedestrians below. Walking the streets of Woodlawn, the lack of trees is immediate. The few growths along sidewalks are mostly skinny and small, recent transplants…

Found Furnishings

The prospect of furnishing an over-priced apartment in a costly city can be daunting. But before you go running off to that Swedish transnational, take a couple weeks to look around you–you’ll be surprised at the things you can pick…

Renters’ Rights

Sometimes, finding the right apartment is the easiest part of the rental process. Negotiating with a landlord can be confusing and stressful, and new renters can find themselves lost in the fine-print of their contracts. Although a landlord’s obligations may…

Sunrooms in the Off-Season

Hyde Park voyeurs have one Chicago architect in particular to thank for the ease with which they can observe their neighbors. The man in question, early 20th century designer Andrew Sandegren, is credited with the proliferation of the proto-solariums that…

Harper Livin’

For about four weeks in March and April 2011, I didn’t have what most would call a home. I like to say that I didn’t have a house–the world is always my home. Circumstances saw me out of the university…

All Together Now

While renting an apartment or living in University housing may be the default choices, there are other alternatives. In Hyde Park alone there are three established housing co-ops–Bowers, Concord, and Haymarket–which provide room and board at a low premium, plus…