The New Hyde Park – Harper Court Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting and Party – Hyde Park – November 8, 2014 – Hyde Park Herald & Personal

The ceremony and celebration marking the grand opening of the Harper Court project in Hyde Park are documented in the following images.  The two events were presented in the now-familiar style The University of Chicago uses when marking a milestone in the renovation of 53rd Street, Hyde Park’s developing commercial corridor – a scripted press conference and party for the people.  They were upbeat and generally fun, but some in the community (read letters to the editor of the Hyde Park Herald for reference) see the two as subterfuge and seduction, the careful products of University planning and community manipulation.
Estelle sheds a tear as she performs during Harper Court grand opening events.
Hyde Park Herald – November 13, 2013 – Page 1
Anthony Beach (General Manager Hyatt Chicago-South / University Medical Center), David Cocagne (President and CEO Vermilion Development Corporation), Robert J. Zimmer (President University of Chicago), Will Burns (Alderman 4th Ward), Rahm Emanuel (Mayor City of Chicago), and Andrew J. Mooney (Commissioner Housing and Economic Development City of Chicago) participate in ribbon cutting ceremonies marking the official opening of Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ave., Friday morning, November 8, 2013.
University of Chicago Board Chair Andrew Alper, City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer make their way to the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Adrian Bryan-Robert, Leslé Honoré, and Lisa Foster mug for the camera as they dance to the sounds of DJ Dave Henry during Harper Court grand opening events.
Andrew Alper, Chair of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees, speaks during the ribbon cutting ceremony.    
The Freewalt family visiting from Wisconsin poses with Kilwin the Chocolate Moose during Harper Court’s grand opening celebration.
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor City of Chicago, poses for a quick snapshot before the ribbon cutting ceremony.    
Shirley Newsome, Nicole J. Sheatly and Bernita Johnson-Gabriel pose for the camera before the ribbon cutting ceremony. 
Ed Small, President of Smart Hotels, Jon Zitzman, President of JFJ Development Company, and others applaud during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Members of the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band perform during Harper Court’s grand opening celebration. 
Members of the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band perform during Harper Court’s grand opening celebration. 
Kris Bird purchases a pulled pork sandwich from PorkChop restaurant’s food truck during Harper Court’s grand opening celebration.
The tent erected in Harper Court to house Harper Court’s grand opening celebration.
Anthony Beach, Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center General Manager, introduces his management team, Maurese Nelson, Director of Sales, and Leroy Brown, Jr. Assistant General Manager, during Harper Court’s grand opening celebration. 
Leslé Honoré, Lisa Foster and Nikki Hayes dance to the sounds of Grammy winner Estelle during Harper Court’s grand opening celebration.
Tonya Primus and others dance to the sounds of DJ Dave Henry during Harper Court grand opening celebration.

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