The University draws people to the neighborhood. The community is the reason they stay.
Anchored by the University of Chicago, the Hyde Park community is infused with an intellectual energy, from the 18-year-old college student to the Bronzeville jazz musician, from the astrophysics researcher to the Woodlawn blogger, from the bookshop tourist to the senior playing chess in the park.
It is this energy that informs discussions and fuels activism, that cherishes history and prompts change, that tethers loyal residents to the community they call home. Hyde Park is a place for thinkers and poets, for conservatives and liberals, for the religious and secular. It is a place where voices are heard.