They are selling the old Tasty dog sign, eliminating basically the last piece of folksy, old fashioned Oak Park, IL eliminating more of its so called charm in the place for more mixed use condos! I think it is great because Lake Street will be SOOOOO busy in this area with the new Target coming in near Harlem and Lake that traffic will be worse than the I-90 during rush hour!
Adding to the craziness in the area and increasing the possibility for more accidents in this tightly contested traffic nightmare called downtown Oak Park, IL. I think later on in the village’s history we will look back upon this time as a rush to development without much thought of the consequences. The means are there but just because you can do something does not necessarily mean you should and that is the case here.
Like the Vote 200 referendum the village of Oak Park, Il cannot wait to start up another construction mess, and throw money into redeveloping the area in to a present day metropolis without thinking of the issues, the problems that brings when you simply concentrate all your efforts into one particular part of the area.
Look at all the issues Chicago has is trying to even out the wealth across the city and spread its resources, look at how congested areas like Wrigleyville and Lakeview (yah!) are in comparison to the rest of the city. The same issues face Oak Park, IL as the throw up mixed use condos all up and down Lake Street and unlike Chicago, it won’t take a number of years to see the negative fallout in this area of Oak Park, IL it will probably be immediate and with less style.