Solar tour in Oak Park, iL

There a was a solar tour just recently in Oak Park, IL … I know ooooooooooooooo. Haha It is just what you think it is basically people come around your home, looking at your solar powered set up and how you are saving the environment by having these panels upon your house and how it saves you money and the environment waste. This is so 1980 it is not funny. I cannot imagine people needing a tour to see how solar power works, nor to understand how it is beneficial to the environment. Is this why the environment is still crappy? Because people still live in this old-fashioned state of mind?

Well, I guess so because when I drive through the village the “picturesque village” does at times still look like a snapshot from the 70s or 80s and that is not always a good thing. Especially from a village that espouses environmental awareness and Frank Lloyd wright as a major contributor to the village’s culture. You, know you would think there would be the hanging gardens of Babylon part two ..somewhere … anywhere. Instead some of these houses look like the houses from the westside of Chicago only with no trash on the ground and no one hanging out in front of them!

But a lot of homes state wide were a part of this event so hopefully it will lead to maybe the village picking up steam and helping the local homeowners to include this initiative to their homes. Maybe even figure out how to give local homeowners tax breaks if they have such equipment added to their homes instead of celebrating the dreary architecture that makes Oak Park, il just so blah! One can dream while reality is in doubt!

Here is the article mentioning the solar tour:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/ct-oak-park-solar-tour-tl-0926-20190924-lcf2ibxej5bddcqktw2oyta6ve-story.html

In case you thought I was just bullshiting here is a link for the Hanging gardens of Babylon:

https://www.history.com/news/hanging-gardens-existed-but-not-in-babylon

 

High Property Taxes in Oak Park, IL

Well after reading this article about taxes for housing in West Cook County I am definitely glad Oak Park, IL broke my little heart and made me not want to live here or own a home in the village. With the prices that I am reading in the article you must be high as fuck to want to live in this village. The prestige does not equal that price you pay for living here.

It looks like the property tax rate is nearly three times the national average at 3.12 % which is just ridiculous, with Maywood higher than that. Yes Maywood! HAHAHAHA!!! Yes, Maywood. Have you been in Maywood, IL recently? Have you driven through Maywood, IL recently?

But my point is that Oak Park, IL is not worth that type of price tag with traffic being a problem on an everyday basis, parking being so shitty and Oak Park, IL being, well, Oak Park, IL. There is no longer an allure to the village that will “drive” one to purchase a home in the village knowing that such bullshit awaits them. This although is good information for those of you who want to be stubborn as shit and buy a home here. If you are good at money you can calculate how much your initial value of your new home will be in the first years of ownership (ie: your mortgage and property taxes combined). Of course, there are other expenses too, but these are the two biggest fuckers that would scare anyone straight away from investing into the Oak Park, IL area at all.

The article I spoke of:

https://westcooknews.com/stories/512166302-property-tax-roundup-oak-park-maywood-stone-park-have-highest-tax-bills-in-west-cook-county