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

 

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Vintage electrical in Oak Park, IL during the summer

Now that the heat wave has set in, like most people in Oak Park, IL I will be trying my hand at running my Air conditioner and taxing the electric system in my apartment. Oak Park, Il usually has homes and apartments littered with electrical systems that have a mixture or various versions of electrical equipment. You can tell by the electrical outlets, the old two plug outlets or what are called two prong receptacles. If you have any of these old time or vintage outlets in your house or apartment it means you have a piece of shit electrical system that could go back decades. And therefore, will have issues running air conditioners or multiple electronic devices at once in one room or sometimes multiple rooms.

With this type of electrical system, you can be sure that you will easily blow a fuse. Whenever I am looking for a new apartment I ask about the electrical set up and I take a long look at the outlets and light fixtures. All that vintage shit does not help but it becomes a “selling point” when realtors or landlords talk about properties in the area. When you hear that just think of 90-degree days and your air conditioner blowing a fuse for the whole apartment and you do not have access to the fuse box. Add to that make it a Sunday, mid afternoon and you have to call someone to either replace the fuse or fix the electrical issue on this hot ass day, when people all around your area are probably having the same issue. It does not make you “love” that “vintage” electrical set up at all.

All the surge strips in the world cannot help me now, so now I am trying to figure out the next steps. Mainly, I am looking at low watt portable air conditioners, using plastic to seal off the windows to keep all the cold air in. Actually, I have doubled the plastic on some windows, that way the old ass crappy windows that are a part of the building will not leak as I have the air conditioner on. The part I hate? The electric bill during these months because they will be massive. Hence why I am thinking smarter this summer and not merely throwing my money out the window because Oak Park, Il and its old ass building codes (construction) does not become a hindrance to me.

Frank Lloyd Wright addition

Uh oh so they have decided to add on to the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home. Adding a visitor’s center to the area and an educational center now this sounds great for tourism however we know the underlying feeling of some people here in the village of Oak Park, IL.  It may “destroy” the ambience of the house that Wright built, they may say. But is it about time that the village start acknowledging the landmarks of the area and building proper facilities to handle the traffic, foot and otherwise.

As a resident of Oak Park, il it should be well known or publicized of such plans so that we know of how the village may plan to modify other high traffic areas as well. Surely property owners in this area and other areas in the village may want to take note in cases the village uses shady means to get their way in matters like this or even make decisions that can destroy the overall “vibe” of the village. Such as increasing property costs or giving way to structures that look out of place in the area, causing home values to go down due to the new ugly monstrosity sitting next to it or down the block. As we all know you cannot place a “for sale” sign on your lawn, you do not need a “visitor’s center” to further discourage buyers looking for a home to buy in the area.

Me? Thank god I rent. This type of issue is not a big problem in the way of home values, taxes, etc., however I did see something like this coming and more is on the way. In the village of Oak Park, there is so much improper city planning, it is not even funny. Something like this is highly likely to occur and become common place as the village smells the money to line its pockets there will be a lot more to come, in the ways of construction and other types of actions to ensure that Oak Park, IL will be changed forever. And not always for the better (i.e.: downtown), that “homely” charm that once existed is going the way of the dinosaurs and this construction of the visitor’s center near a Frank Lloyd Wright home is just the start.

The article talking about the construction of the new visitor’s center:

https://chicago.curbed.com/2019/6/17/18682203/frank-lloyd-wright-home-studio-oak-park-visitor-center

Oak Park, IL residents suing against affordable housing is just blatant…

The funny thing about the Oak Park, IL residents suiting against a project for affordable housing is that they are using regulations regarding height and parking/traffic restrictions for the area. The first thing you think of when residents sue against affordable housing when they state it would bring down the property values is blatant racist. The you look at he excuses they use “traffic” “parking” “construction height” etc. and in a way, you are like: “man they may have a point.

That’s if the height restrictions for the village was not set aside for all the construction near Lake and Harlem avenues and traffic in that area has just gotten worse. So really these excuses are bullshit. You may even state that Lake and Harlem is considered downtown Oak Park, IL and is different from this more residential area but is it really? Then you also have to think when will Oak Park, IL think about the future when it comes to developing the properties in the area?

Is traffic and parking a valid excuse when this is a problem that occurs everywhere in the village already? No, it is a problem because affordable housing brings minorities and poor people to their affluent area. Property values going down because of affordable housing? Maybe. But what the hell is there now? Do a Google search there is an empty lot. I am pretty sure that lowers property values than a huge four-story building.

Therefore, to me again, Oak Park, IL is just showing its true colors. A lawsuit against affordable housing is just a victory for injustice, the one thing Oak Park, IL states as a community they are against. They state and post little signs on their lawns that “Hate does not have a home here…”  Well I think it has found one on Oak Park Avenue and Van Buren Street.

Here are the articles describing the lawsuit:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-residents-lawsuit-tl-0124-story.html?fbclid=IwAR2lZd63Rszmih8nM5eh6Y-fX1nO6xur7gMcA364O9b2TJD0uQQpDravLRg

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/1-15-2019/Neighbors-sue-Oak-Park-over-affordable-housing-project/

Google map of the proposed site:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Van+Buren+St+%26+S+Oak+Park+Ave,+Oak+Park,+IL+60304/@41.8742668,-87.7940906,3a,75y,222.65h,81.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sKZnJeDDwTryTZPqh0m8HIw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x880e349485659ceb:0x81b3b4d4ec0abdca!8m2!3d41.8742776!4d-87.7940525

Modern Construction will eliminate “Vintage” wiring in Oak Park, IL

I cannot believe that the local government agencies allow apartment buildings in the Oak Park area to have such crappy electrical set ups for their buildings. I mean there are outlets from the 1950s or maybe 1930s it’s just ancient compared to today’s standards or the new construction that is occurring in downtown Oak Park. It is so scatterbrained, it is like the village is waiting for a major fire to happen before having on a set of standards.

Of course, these vintage set ups are still allowed because renters buy into the illusion that Oak Park’s culture and acceptance into the area’s community is just to “roll with” it. However, this illusion is now being challenged by the new buildings being built in the area, it shows that the new residents are not accepting these old-fashioned standards. In fact, today’s technology of temperature controls, surge protector outlets, and low wattage lights are all pieces of the environmentally friendly message that Oak Park, Il espouses to masses.

But again, the massive contradiction that is Oak Park, Il there is this environmental holier than thou message or fantasy that is pushed by those disillusional hippies here only to be dashed by the reality of the two prolog outlets that pop up in the various dwellings here in Oak Park, Il. The two standards cannot exist side by side, and the more younger renters that come into the village the louder, the more the voices that will request, that will demand newer standards.

The demand for new technology for dwellings to become environ mentally friendly will become prevalent. Change is inevitable for Oak Park, Il and I for one cannot wait to see it happen. The more people who speak up for modern technology the more likely we will be seeing the end of “vintage” wiring in Oak Park, Il.

Have a bad situation in Oak Park, IL, the bureaucracy will make it worse

I read an article about how Oak Park, IL’s bureaucracy basically screwed over a family that was trying to recover after a fire to their home. After the Dec. 7, 2016, fire the owner got the ball rolling for rebuilding for him and his family. The owner’s contractor has made mistakes in the plans however in this process, Oak Park, IL uses a third-party vendor to (as they imply) streamline the application and approval/rejection.

So, after the owner got a rejection on the March 22 it was resubmitted then on April 27 the third party approved the application and gave a permit. Only to have it rejected by the village’s building department the next day, meaning that these two segmented departments that one gives the so-called approval process to the other only to have the first department override the latter. That seems to me like Organizational dysfunction, which is what this is.

Regardless of the whole story as mentioned in the article, however, the point is, that even after the situation was mentioned (about the fire) one of the village building representatives stated that once they knew the situation, it got fast forwarded. However, another one, the director of development customer services, stated that all cases (no matter the circumstances) are managed “in the same queue” and that the owner could have paid a double fee to get himself pushed up to the front of the line. NICE.

I can really, feel the empathy from the director of what???? “development customer services” to justify the dysfunction with you can be double charged, even after your fire, a fee to lead probably more dysfunction…. just so ignorant. Oh and the Oak Park Chief Building Official stated that only two or three new construction projects are “done” a year….. I see why due to all the red tape residents must go through for their construction projects who the fuck would bother? Unless they were backed with a developer and tons of money to grease the wheels further like the projects downtown, people like this unfortunate owner get the runaround and ignorance thrown at them.

Oh, I did note in this article the village representatives mentioned that the owner’s architect could have come into the village in person to “work out the problems” sounds like under the table, corruption type shit to me. Why? Because if they can email the plans to the third-party vendor as the Oak Park representatives mentioned in the article why could they not email the architect about the problems with the plans?

This to me is a great reason why not to buy property within Oak Park, Il there is crazy restrictions, red tape and corruption all over this village. The residents obviously put up with it and keep voting corrupt officials who perpetuate this situation and with them being part of the problem, I am sure that what happened to this homeowner has happened before and will again.

Click here for the stupidity that Oak Park, IL has it regards to be rebuilding especially after a fire:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-12-2017/Family-displaced-by-fire-says-Oak-Park-made-rebuilding-frustrating/