Hyde Park: People Don't Drink Here?
By JoshMogerman in News on Jan 23, 2011 8:00PM
University of Chicago, Cobb Hall [Larry Miller via Flickr]
Tip of the hat to the good folks at Hyde Park Progress who noted this doozy of a story in The Chicago Maroon which helps make the dichotomy between student and resident pretty clear. When Laura Green brought her “barcade” business venture concept to the neighborhood, it seemed like a perfect fit:
“It would be a cross between nerd and awesome, which seems like exactly the kind of thing that the University of Chicago would want,” Green said.
“People don’t drink here.”Really? Have you hung around any 21-year-old’s lately? It is all they do.
While we would freely admit that partying at University of Chicago means something far different than the ragers at Southern Illinois University or the University of Wisconsin, student quotes in the article and comments online imply that perhaps Hyde Parkers are leaving money on the table with a business climate that actively ignores the desires and purchasing power of the university's 14,000 students. Moreover, that less-than-“Girls Gone Wild” attitude probably makes many of the community concerns about tomfoolery unfounded. We are sure that there will be plenty of comments from the locals to the contrary, but those of us in the Chicagoist’s South Side offices would just like to get a beer in the hood every once in a while. Right now, contrary to the opinions of some, the choices are shockingly limited.