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

 

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/