Oak Park, IL says goodbye to the Divvy bike program (insert laughter here)

Ah so Oak Park is pulling out of the divvy program? After all that construction to build the necessary bike racks like the one near Harrison ave only to drop out a year later. You know were there any studies or surveys done to make sure this was a good idea in the first place? Nah probably not. Just a bunch of greedy village officials who saw dollar signs and had these half haphazard things installed. Good I laugh at this failure chalk it up to another gaffe by village officials.

Ask yourself if you had the track record these village officials have would you still be employed? Could the average small business owner weather these types of gaffes and still remain open? So how do these elected officials remain in office with the obviously stupid mistakes they make time and again? I mean it is obvious that the suburbs west of Oak Park are highway laden therefore no way to really ride a bike. And to the east there is the Austin area, the West side of Chicago where the city of Chicago puts the least amount of economic investment into.

And therefore, you take your life in your hands when you try to drive through the area, let alone ride a bike. Hence, why this failure was not obvious from the onset is a mystery to me. Hopefully the taxpayers in Oak Park, IL whose money has been wasted by this endeavor remembers this when election time comes around.

Here is an article that discusses the end of the program: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-divvy-deal-ending-tl-0125-20180117-story.html

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More Crime in Oak Park, IL

I saw in the news that an elderly gentleman was murdered brutally in Oak Park, IL on Austin avenue hopefully they catch who did it. Unfortunately, the news channel I was watching showed a picture of this “welcome sign” that had green plan management’s name written all over it, since they own or manage a lot of the rental spots in Oak Park, IL it makes me leery to rent from them. I have had last dealings with this management company about security and the representatives have all given bull shit excuses or drag their feet when I asked about solutions to my security concerns (When renting from them).

Mostly that it was “Oak Park” and I am safe here yada yada yada however I now wonder how tragedies and crimes that happened to this gentleman have happened or occurred due to crimes of opportunity or is there a direct/indirect link to this management company or was it by chance that the cameraman used THIS sign. Even though it happened on Austin avenue which everyone will rationalize is the borderline with Chicago ie: the Austin area, therefore crimes like this “will happen”.

I wonder what it will take to get the necessary data to secure the area to the point of which it is believed to be safe? Will news outlets realize the ” casual” reference they made or is there something more? All I know is that when I saw that sign every memory of every security issue I had with green plan management came flooding back to me. I just hope that the same ignorance I faced was not part of the case here.

Here is an article that briefly discusses what happened to the elderly gentleman: https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/death-of-81-year-old-oak-park-man-ruled-a-homicide-468253793.html

Remember Nurse Donna that worked in Oak Park, Il?

Remember my post about Nurse Donna? When I stated that I was trying to find this article about her, that she worked at an Oak Park hospital and she was conducting Free heart screenings for the people on the west side who couldnt afford it. Well, I knew it was mentioned on NBC Channel five as a feature and NBC Five finally posted it:

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/making-a-difference/oak-park-nurse-donna-445497383.html

This video talks about how Donna was honored by the American Heart Association for her work with the residents on the westside. While I kept researching for the video segment I STILL did find anything in the local papers online for Oak Park, IL or the Chicagoland area it is so very disappointing. But at least I found it and was able to let y’all see the video for yourselves, hopefully, someone may volunteer to help Nurse Donna in her efforts.

Security cameras needed at OPRF.. why??

Every time I turn around I hear that the local high school needs something, if it is not a swimming pool, it’s a garage, if it’s not a garage, then the high school needs ovens and security cameras. I mean damn if it needs all this crap just tear the whole thing down! The construction of a new school will take about 5 years so send those kids to like Bellwood or CPS for a while, that will toughen them up to the point they wont need crossing guards at nearly every corner, and then bamm put the class of 2026 into the new school and get it over with.

I just hate hearing about how our taxes are consistently going to patch work for the Oak Park and River Forest High School, and this patch work always has inconsistencies that are mind blowing. For example, the high school was about to get an upgrade over the next five years, but now there is an additional 110 extra cameras that will be added. Come on, does that not sound like someone got a fat contract out of the village and is cashing in? I mean it is not like Oak Park, IL is the harbinger of crime, it is not the Austin area (they made sure of that with cul da sacs) or Englewood. So why is there an influx or increased need for security?

Are they importing/transferring inner city kids to the high school and they are worried about what might happen?  Did someone tell them that my westside ass lives in the area? It is not like the school has security to monitor these cameras in real time in case of an incident, the extra cameras will just be there to record the pre-event, event and the post event time lines, therefore what good is it? Why is it that the proposal cannot be audited or looked at to see what its original intent is supposed to be? There are so many questions, no answers, and large black holes of vagueness surrounding how this operation will unfold that it makes a local taxpayer wonder what the hell is going on here? Just Oak Park, IL being Oak Park, IL again

The article about the high school needing more shit:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-oprf-security-cameras-tl-0928-20170925-story.html

Failed Stick up attempt on the border of Oak Park, IL

More Crime on the border of Oak Park, IL and Chicago at Madison and Austin avenues. Does not seem to end however the victim was a concealed gun carrier and managed to shoot one of his assailants to avoid being robbed. Looks like that is what needs to be done to exist in Oak Park, IL, and Chicago, since what really needs to be done i.e.: Economic development is not being accomplished.

Unfortunately, this victim did not get the other scumbags it is bad enough these criminals tried to mug a grown man, could you imagine if this was a woman? Or how about an Older woman (since Oak Park is filled with them) being robbed?

Would that get the two communities working to developing opportunities in this borderline area to stem crime? Would the OP Police force get the equipment, manpower and probably assistance on getting the job done in keeping Oak Park, Il safe like it is advertised?

Most likely. There must be a reallyyyy violent crime to get the attention of the civil leaders of Oak Park, IL to divert their attention away from making money off of high rises to deal with this issue. Then only for about two seconds and then they are back to their money-making ways, while the rest of us must deal with the stark reality that crimes like this actually happen in Oak Park, IL

Here is the brief article that discusses the failed stick up attempt:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-teen-shooting-death-tl-0527-20170527-story.html

 

Oak Park, IL parking plan stupidity

Here is how stupid Oak Park, Il is regarding the parking issue not in the village but around it. The village restricts parking for the residents on the Oak Park side of Austin, like these same residents could not just park down one of the side streets on the Chicago side. The idea that you would regulate even a border street (with the city) is just crazy and greedy.

I am not sure how long something like this has been going on, but it is borderline insanity (pun intended) so on May 8th the village board had meeting to schedule a meeting to discuss this issue in September.

Yup, a meeting to have a meeting to discuss an already complicated issue. Stupid? Yes, but that is Oak Park, IL it is simply a way to kick the issue down the road. Although the idea of partnering with SpotHero or ParkWhiz (mobile parking app companies) is a great idea its seems like a way for the village to pimp out a bit more of Oak Park, IL just like the city of Chicago did with the downtown parking. Of course, now that city is stuck in a 99-year lease without a way out. Maybe Oak Park, Il is looking to do the same…

Click here for the stupidity regarding Oak Park’s stupidity (yeah said twice, because it was twice as nice) regarding parking:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-parking-plan-tl-0511-20170509-story.html

Dreams destroyed: Madison Street is being pimped out in Oak Park, IL

I love how some people are still dreamers here in Oak Park, Il or are selling a dream because to believe that Oak Park, Il wants to connect to the Austin area is just a dream. This article or opinion states they hope that Oak Park, Il will give tax breaks to the small businesses like they do the larger developers however with Taco Bell coming on Madison I do not think that the village representatives are thinking likes this at all. In fact, I believe that the author is well-intentioned is smoking the most powerful shit on the planet to think that Oak park, IL is adhering to the ideals he mentions in this article.

The problem with Oak Park, IL is that you are getting an influx of new characters who want the corporate big names, the convenience and the small village “security” that Oak Park, proposes to have, then oh that name recognition! These new characters want all that but fuck all that historic environmental jazz. Trust me I worked with a new young (under 30) resident who did not care what changes were being made at Harlem and Lake so long as their “condo values go up..” yeah she said that more than once. Then you have the residents in the northern part of Oak Park who are highly residential and do not have an apartment building or business in sight, so they are not affected so they do NOT give a shit.

Which leaves the rest of us fuckers near Madison Ave having to deal with the reconstruction and redesigning of Oak Park, IL but not for the better. Negating everything this author mentions in this opinion piece I wonder if he even lives near the area he is discussing if he is he is surely not awake for all the shit that is going on. And he and everyone else that thinks the way he explains in his opinion piece needs so wake the fuck up.

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/4-25-2017/Re_imagine-Madison-Street-as-a-vital-boulevard/