My alma mater is a lot like Oak Park, IL

I have mentioned before that I have attended Roosevelt University before. I would post this elsewhere but what the hell?? Why not. One issue I have with Roosevelt University is the fact they send out to alumni letters asking for money about a particular student. I get a few of these a year, I am not sure because I live in Oak Park, IL the school figures I have money to give to peeps I don’t know but I get these little letters once in a while.

I get quite perturbed because the university uses this dated method to reach out and raise funds for the particular student of the University’s choice. And I say the University’s choice because I never had anyone reach out to me regarding my financial difficulties going to the institution. Nor did I have anyone want nor express desire to raise me some much-needed dollars to offset the need for me to apply for student loans. Living in Oak Park, IL with rent, parking costs, etc., and going to Roosevelt University was a choice I made. I did not ask anyone for help, so surprisingly much like Oak Park, IL Roosevelt University thinks that a letter with some weak sob story will make me dish out money in earnest.

When Oak Park, IL faced difficulty in getting people to pay for outstanding tickets during their recent amnesty program the idea to expunge those tickets still on the books. That idea is still in limbo, and there is most likely no way that the village will get its money. In comparison, Roosevelt University has identified an issue, a student who has dire need attending the school so instead of doing away with their tuition. The institution would rather make them a poster child for need, income equality, high tuition rates at universities. The list could go on and on.

The point is, that institutions like Oak Park, IL and Roosevelt University want to “look” like they are trying to tackle social issues and try to portray themselves like the “good guy” When in reality all the really want to do is get paid so that they can waste that money on something frivolous. When in reality Oak Park, IL could lessen its stranglehold on its various parking restrictions in the village and possibly forgive those old ass tickets. Meanwhile, Roosevelt University could reduce its tuition by half for students in need and thereby in turn, save money not needing to send those letters out. But that would be too much like right.

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Oak Park IL is rolling out a website for its Lake Street construction project

The Village is pushing out a website, yeah, to showcase what they will be doing to improve Lake Street in Oak Park, IL. It has fancy project details what will be done on the street while construction is happening and hopefully what improvements that will be made. There are various improvements including and I quote: replacing and restoring water and sewer mains” which is always great, I mean who wants to drink water from old lead pipes right?

But the main improvements are of course those that are mandated by most local governments concerning access for those with disabilities. Meaning:  street crossings that people in wheelchairs can use and they will no longer be subjugated to riding in the streets, furthering the spotlight upon them.

Now without even dumpster diving into the website I noticed a huge issue that is not being addressed: parking. There is a link to maps for parking while the construction project is underway but nothing, I can see about adding additional parking to assist businesses their customers or even people with disabilities who need additional access or accommodation for parking. Therefore, this project I just a means for Oak Park, Il to finally update some shit like the water piping, street resurfacing while also following the common-sense laws we have in place everywhere else like giving access to the disabled. I rather say physically challenged but the website stated disabilities a few times, so I am trying to roll with that.

The plan has been in motion for awhile and it is interesting to see what residents think and how the village will effective roll it out per their own deadlines in completing it. With every project there are outliers and “bumps” in the road that will knock a project off course and in Oak Park, Il the pure fallacy that the village can pull something like this off without a hitch would be monumental. In other words, I would not allow the idiots in charge to watch a dead canary (no offense to the animal lovers!), because they would not be able to carry on the next step without some major fuck up.

With that said I am all for this project (surprise bitches!) and I am all about updating infrastructure and accommodating people so that we all have equal access and sanitation for all to enjoy. And yes, updated clean, working sanitation is a luxury. I am hoping that the village can complete this project by 2020 as they stated without the usual fuck ups involved so that they do not put out residents, businesses and those who now have hope to accessing some of the luxuries that the rest of us (without disabilities) take for granted.

Here is their basic website that they rolled out for the Lake street project:

BetterLakeStreet.com