Oak Park, IL wants you to reduce your Carbon footprint…. Yeah, good luck with that.

Okay someone sent me an old article regarding reducing possessions to lessen our “carbon footprint” this is actually, not a bad idea in theory. As most name brand (like Nike) clothes, are made in Vietnam and we spend a lot on such items. But do you really think this idea is a reality in Oak Park, IL???

I get my feet stepped on by kids existing in their I-pads at Walgreens at Lake and Harlem, the Village trustees are “modernizing” Downtown Oak Park, IL rapidly and half the parents I see on the streets are just absorbed into whatever “product” they want to buy that they ignore everything under the sun even their own kids.

I did love the article and I make sure the clothes I buy are usually made in America or somehow support local business and artists. I gave up on national brands long ago, like Nike, Abercrombie, etc. and if I do rock something from a chain store unless its underwear I hold off until I find clothing that does not help corporations prolong sweatshops and reduce local jobs.

 

Click the link for the article I was briefly discussing here:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/4-11-2017/Less-‘stuff’-lessens-our-carbon-footprint/

To understand how you can reduce your Carbon Footprint look at some of these sites:

http://www.carbonfootprint.com/

25 tips to reduce your Carbon footprint:

http://cotap.org/reduce-carbon-footprint/

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Construction in Oak Park, IL part 10,1793,000 and something

There is another development under consideration next to “downtown” Oak Park, Il and the Downtown Oak Park Board (yeah there is such a thing) is all behind it. As this writer understands that Oak Park, Il is forcing high rise developments into its downtown area without thinking further down the road. The amount of traffic in the area is ridiculous and there are simply not enough resources (parking) to deal with the “modernization” movement that is occurring.

It maybe this movement is unstoppable however it is without through planning even though I bet the Village Planner (yes there is one of those as well) is probably wetting his willy over the thought of additional side cash coming the local government’s way. Of course, it may not be the best thing for all those involved and it may cause more problems than solutions.

Even Chicago modernized quickly after it was founded and then the Chicago fire happened, changing the landscape entirely. Maybe the “fire” here for the residents to get off their asses and see the issues brought up with all the developments and lack of village planning IS the increasing amount of traffic in the area and the higher taxes (assessments) that go with high rise developments likes this.

The article about looking realistically at the construction in Oak Park, IL click here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/lifestyles/ct-oak-column-sassone-tl-0518-20170511-column.html

The original article for the 18-story Albion tower click here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-downtown-tl-0504-20170502-story.html

 

Happy Memorial Day from the Oak Park, Il blog!

Memorial Day in the United States was first started to honor American Civil War veterans in the Union, then extended further to all those who fallen during military service during World War 1 but It did not become an official holiday until 1971!

I know right, WTF??? Remembering people who have given their lives for freedom and basic human is very important, and today is a day that gives us all a chance to remember them and be thankful.

These are some links that discuss more about Memorial Day:

While you are partying it up on Memorial Day thank a veteran!

Multiculturalism in Oak Park, IL… there’s some not a lot!

I have discussed multiculturalism in Oak Park, IL and how some say they want it but resist change, that is part of why Chicago is one of the most segregated cities in America. Recently without much fanfare, there was a multi-cultural event in Oak Park, IL yes, that means someone is doing something about the inclusive nature here and presenting the various types of cultures to the people of Oak Park, Il. No matter what. I would like to see events like these get the “hype” like the “Hemingway” area does or special events like the “Wright runs” that occur time to time.

Now at the Oak Park library, they have acquired an article of multicultural significance for people (educators mostly) to check out and present to the public, and recently they had the 37th Annual Ethnic Festival and World Languages Day at Julian Middle School with a collection of the acquired material on display. Usually being an adult, and with no kids except nieces and nephews I do not pay attention nor know about this type of events that happen on school grounds. However, I am glad there was a slight mention of this type of event because of the area of Oak Park, Il needs more exposure to various cultures and languages I think it would do not only the kids some good but the older residents as well.

Knowing more about people who are different than us, means we can co-exist with them we can gauge similarities and differences with a level head instead of from a point of moral superiority. Maybe in the future Oak Park, IL will promote this type of event more, so that the people here can grow and understand other communities and cultures better. By opening one’s mind up to other communities one become less inclusive, change the mindset what exists right now, in Oak Park, IL maybe even for the better.

Here is the article that discusses the newly acquired collection and the 37th Annual Ethnic Festival and World Languages Day: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-9-2017/At-Ethnic-Fest,-Multicultural-collection-stands-out/

Taco Bell coming to Oak Park, IL on Madison Ave pt dos

Remember how I mentioned that the residents should just accept the new Taco Bell that is coming on Madison Avenue there was one resident who posted an impassionate plea to oppose this development. This author talks about the “family values” and how this proposal would ruin property values or push all other local smaller, businesses. The article states that on May 17, the Village Zoning Board listened to the proposal from Representatives of Taco bell to build on the purposed site at 7 pm.

Now I must admit I am kind of pissed someone is messing with a late night fix like Taco Bell, but this person has a point, Oak Park, Il is losing its identity, something I have always bitched about, plus local businesses give an area that personal touch and are more likely to listen to their customers (otherwise they go out of business). Now I do not know what family “values” they are talking about and I am pretty sure we are all guilty of eating at McDonald’s regardless of how we were taught that such corporations “bring down a community’s values” yada yada.

Some communities would be happy with a Taco Bell or McDonald’s some places in this area, hell in this country that consider Taco Bell an anchor for their small town, and any argument or thought that any economic development in their area is slight on their values or community standing. Trust me, I have seen it. However, Oak Park, IL say it’s different, haha.

Have they not seen what is happening to the downtown area?

Have they have heard about the Albion development?

Austin Gardens?

The list goes on and on this is the new path of modernization that this little shitty village is on. However, this is America, and if someone wants to speak up responsibly and protest that is their right. You just don’t do it with a smart ass attitude and “holier-than-thou” sense of morals that Taco Bell is beneath Oak Park, IL. Just state you do not want it in your area with facts, not because you are better than the South side of Chicago, Melrose Park, or even Canton, Ohio, just say you do not want that shit in your area. For all of you that did not want it in your area did you go to the oppose the Village Zoning Board on May 17th and give them a fuck full? Were you real about why you don’t want them there, or did you will come off sounding delusional? Probably not.

Here is the article talking about (briefly) the opposition to the Taco bell coming (yes it is) to Madison Avenue:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-9-2017/Join-us-in-opposing-Taco-Bell-on-Madison/

A Frank Lloyd Wright themed bar in Chicago, not Oak Park, IL!!!

I have always said that the village of Oak Park, IL should try to do something that is small business related to their so-called legendary heroes of Hemingway and Wright. But a Heisler Hospitality and Jim Meehan collaboration will do so, in… Chicago’s loop! They are bringing a bar that pays tribute to the architecture of Frank Floyd Wright in the loop, taking away any chance or originality on the part of anyone in Oak Park, Il coming behind them and doing right or even first.

This is a great way to bring recognition to the Wright name once again to a younger crowd who may not even pick up a history book or believe that architecture is boring as hell, this brings it up a notch. This is just in time for the Wright’s 150th birthday this way people outside of the Architecture world and Oak park, Il can learn about him and after a couple of drinks celebrate his great architecture. Plus, there is a chance to get a free tour of some of the architecture designed by Wright in Oak park, Il

Click here for the Article that talks about the Frank Lloyd wright inspired bar in the Loop:

https://www.timeout.com/chicago/blog/a-frank-lloyd-wright-inspired-bar-is-coming-to-west-loop-this-summer-051017

Win three trips to some Wright designed houses in oak park, Il:

https://www.timeout.com/chicago/blog/celebrate-frank-lloyd-wrights-150th-birthday-with-free-tours-at-three-chicago-area-homes-042417

Oak Park, Il is like a pussy

I looked upon Oak Park as the gleaming city upon the hill when, unfortunately, after living there that image became tarnished. There is no shine to it anymore it has become a lackluster turd next to one of Chicago’s worse areas. That has been the victim of neglect, white flight, Corrupt racial politics (on both sides), economic disparities and no city\village planning whatsoever. It has over the years created an Environment that is a personal hell for some, as a personal oasis for others in where the privileged can practice their snootiness and raise their own fragile egos above the masses, and prove their intelligence to at least themselves.

Mind you I am waxing about, or reminiscing about all this in the gynos waiting room, which seems to be appertained when thinking about this village. I believe it is because like a vagina I live near an asshole or a bunch of them, and sometimes living in that area just stinks. Oh, and only when I get something in me, can I have fun while being there. Basically, yup oak park is a woman’s private area and takes about as much maintenance to deal with, either on a Daily or Monthly basis, there is always something that comes up or becomes a messy situation.

Now I lived in a couple or areas gold coast, Lakeview (boys town) before the yuppies took over, Forest park, Richton park to here. All of those times I moved it was because I needed to get closer to a job or specific cause, however Oak Park, il I moved to due to changes In the condo building I was renting in, so I jumped out of the frying pan and into fire, when I came to Oak Park, Il.

Although I bitch I will not take anything away from this experience of living here because it was a real eye opener, I mean shit what if I purchased a Condo here? I would be fucked, and honestly, I am glad the people of oak park, Il has shown their true colors and did so very quickly, it spared me the pain, headache, and bullshit that comes from owning property in Oak Park, Il and be stuck trying to unload it in a weird market.

So I am glad that Oak Park, Il has become that smelly pussy that cannot be overcome by no amount of liquor on a horny Friday night. It’s that type of cooch that one whiff and you want to run away, the least I can do is spare others the same fate as I.

Telling people about Oak Park, IL

I think I may have introduced a non-internet person to the blog I was getting my hair done, and I was talking to the stylist about where I live you know how that comes up in small talk at a hair salon. The stylist was like “Oh Oak Park nice!” and I had to stop her right there because I am not going to let anyone get hoodwinked by this shitty little village ever again.

I told her that even some of the residents hate it because of the crime and how the village is condensing these developments near downtown Oak Park. Being from Berwyn, IL she thought that the development was great although she would not go into the area because of the traffic. I immediately told her a lot of people in Oak Park, IL are feeling the same way, crushed by the construction, traffic and parking situation that faces people every day in Oak Park, IL.

I told her about the Old Lady on Harvey story that wanted me to move my car and she stated that “they have parking restrictions in Berwyn but it is not THAT bad!” yup. Of course, it is only that bad in Oak Park, IL a shitty little village trying to be a big city in its downtown without the infrastructure, planning or vision to carry this monumental feat off.  I told her about the blog and some of the other stories that I still must write on here, and she told me she is good staying in Berwyn!

Hey, at least I got another converter or person steering clear of Oak Park, IL and all its craziness before it is too late and that is the main reason why, why I started this blog. Go elsewhere but here.

Grab the Oak Park, IL Park District for Summer 2017 online (ie: spare yo ass traffic woes)

Remember when I said I grabbed an Oak Park Fall 2016 park District booklet? Well, they have it online for Summer 2017 so that you can know about different pain in the ass events that are occurring in the Oak Park, IL area. This way you are not surprised that shit is going in the area and traffic is all the sudden fucking up your Saturday morning drive.

I said before that there are a lot of parks in Oak Park, IL’s borders enough to make every weekend a summer travel nightmare, that can also mess up your parking thing all the way. Not like the village cares all they want is for you to pay a high price for a parking sticker then take away that right to park in your assigned area. Just for the jollies of the idea,

So, take a look at the booklet online and spare yourself a trip to the village (idiot) hall so that you can be kept in the know about all the little flaky dumb ass events they have at the various parks so that you are not caught with your pants down, and slugging it out through tons of traffic. One thing that is synonymous with Oak Park, Il is traffic and bad parking rules, and with this booklet handy you will be able to circumnavigate some of the challenges this village throws at you.

Here is the specific guide for the park district for Summer 2017:

http://pdop.uberflip.com/i/819162-park-district-of-oak-park-summer-program-guide-2017

Here is the specific guide for the daily events at the various parks In Oak Park, IL’s park district:

http://www.pdop.org/events/

Oak Park, IL is getting crazy with crime again, emphasis on crazy.

Oak park, Il is getting crazy with crime if you do not have to deal with people stealing Flonase at the Jewel on Madison, to a burglary attempt on Golo gas station on Chicago Ave, with ski masks. They are also breaking into garages to steal a red Toro snow blower.

If Oak Park, Il is not attracting the wrong element and the most idiotic criminals on the planet, we are now hosting fugitives from other states, not just simple ones, the violent ones who stab family members and skip their home state to come to Oak Park, IL to enjoy the wonders the village has to offer. Of course, that means we have a bunch full of crazy walking around in Oak Park, IL, like a ticking time-bomb ready to go off with any slight and the assholes in this village piss me off on my best day, even with a couple in my system! So you can just imagine how many people came in touch with these crazies as they committed their various crimes now, they do have the out of state (would be) killer in custody but that is probably because there were other law enforcement agencies involved.

The question that needs to be asked is: what are local officials and law enforcement doing to stem the increase in local crimes?

Are the local cops doing enough? Do they have enough training or equipment or staff/budget?

Are the village trustees worried about pet projects from school pools and getting behind new lucrative developments that they are simply ignoring the safety issues around this suburb?

When are, residents going to start protests to the lack of action to this type of stuff not being met with a public response?

Will the residents add protesting about crime problem to the problems they raise about new developments around the village i.e.: trees, and grass-killing shade? Maybe not will be done until something tragic happens, as something newsworthy then maybe then.

Click here for the news about the Attempted burglaries, ski masks, milk, Flonase and all:

https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/oak-park-crime-report-attempted-burglary-ski-mask-flonase-theft

Click here for the news about the fugitive hiding in Oak Park, IL, here is the article:  https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/michigan-man-wanted-fatal-stabbing-brother-law-arrested-oak-park