The mismanagement of Oak Park, IL

The intent of having management or people to manage is to take care of the body or organization it is made for however this is not the case in Oak Park, IL. I went to a restaurant in the Lake and Harlem area on my lunchbreak and the area was basically deserted. As if people (residents, tourists, etc.) Gave up on going through the area, as if the traffic combined with the past construction in that area has left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

There was literally four people (me included) walking the streets there were even no homeless people on the street asking for money, and it was unusually warm out Tuesday. I am not sure if those managing the village are equipped with handling this type of issue. They are simply following the ethos of “build and they will come…” however the combination of less traffic (foot, car) the increase of for rent signs, and empty store fronts says otherwise.

In other words that this strategy does not work people are being deterred by all this busyness and are seeking other places to shop and other ways to traverse the area. Which is terrible for the overall plan or the application of this theory to this particular area of Oak Park IL. Like stubborn children those who manage Oak Park IL are not interested in these facts and rather fail than admit defeat or failure.

Although it is great to be the only one in line during the lunch rush and to have all the attention on you because there is no one else in the restaurant I just hope that this occurrence is not wide spread or happens too often. I would hate for some of my favorite restaurants to go under due to the simpleness of a very few.

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The Harlem Avenue and Lake Street area

I wish I could be happier but I cannot wait to be done with the school shit. There is more money involved with the added education so the new year will be brighter, even though I got my eye on other positions at other places. The raise will give me enough for a deposit on a new place, so I am very lucky on that point. I recently braved the Harlem and lake area, went into the new target and looked at the new parking areas over there.

I am not sure if everyone was not awake yet or the area is that dead nowadays. Maybe everyone has gotten use to avoiding that area. But I saw like maybe under 10 people in that small area which is weird for any time of day. I think all the construction in the area may have had a negative impact on the area businesses too.

I notice that the pub across from the green line is closed, they had a letter posted to the door which is posted on yelp as well. There was a Thai restaurant that there for years which closed too, also there are a couple more places, businesses that are now available to rent or will be opening soon. Which tells that there was a huge influx in the area economically but the village did nothing to keep these anchors stable or in the area. Same old shit, different day from Oak Park il

Warning going down Harlem avenue south of Lake street.

 I have not gone down Harlem near Lake street for a while, due to all the construction that goes hand in hand with congestion. However, I went down Harlem to Washington via Harlem avenue and OMG What a shit show that Oak Park, Il has put on for everyone who goes through this area the traffic is immense and chaotic.

Going under that viaduct which got turned into on lane for the holidays was painful and just stupid. It is amazing that the city planners put an “okay” to this project and let it go on during the winter months when traffic will be at its most complicated. Just a warning to anyone who has thought to use Harlem avenue going northward or even southbound via Harlem and Lake street: Just don’t. At least for the time being.

Oak Park, IL wants you to reduce your Carbon footprint…. Yeah, good luck with that.

Okay someone sent me an old article regarding reducing possessions to lessen our “carbon footprint” this is actually, not a bad idea in theory. As most name brand (like Nike) clothes, are made in Vietnam and we spend a lot on such items. But do you really think this idea is a reality in Oak Park, IL???

I get my feet stepped on by kids existing in their I-pads at Walgreens at Lake and Harlem, the Village trustees are “modernizing” Downtown Oak Park, IL rapidly and half the parents I see on the streets are just absorbed into whatever “product” they want to buy that they ignore everything under the sun even their own kids.

I did love the article and I make sure the clothes I buy are usually made in America or somehow support local business and artists. I gave up on national brands long ago, like Nike, Abercrombie, etc. and if I do rock something from a chain store unless its underwear I hold off until I find clothing that does not help corporations prolong sweatshops and reduce local jobs.

 

Click the link for the article I was briefly discussing here:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/4-11-2017/Less-‘stuff’-lessens-our-carbon-footprint/

To understand how you can reduce your Carbon Footprint look at some of these sites:

http://www.carbonfootprint.com/

25 tips to reduce your Carbon footprint:

http://cotap.org/reduce-carbon-footprint/

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/

Cummings Square photo collection

I also went to Cummings Square and took a couple of pictures of the park near Harlem and lake street. No, it is not professionally taken, so lay off the “if you had a better lenses or lighting shit..” because these are just amateur hour. Just trying to take some photos for general use on the blog and for everyone else since there are not a lot of photos online about the park. Especially since the majority of us, past it the majority of the time going back and forth to work, it just seems a shame that no-one looks at this small park even after the renovations to the park house.

I posted the photos here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/oI_wGE

The skyline of Oak Park, IL

The Skyline in Oak Park, Il is changing totally long gone is the pristine folksy atmosphere as bigger and bigger building go up, the romanticism of Oak Park, Il is changing, has gone and now basically forever changed. The Area of Harlem avenue and Lake Street, has become similar to the busier areas of downtown Chicago without any improvements to the traffic situation.

The most gratificating thing about this is that Oak Park, IL tried to hang onto the romanticism bullshit while they are simply being hypocrites and selling their soul to the almighty dollar at the same time!

Thank you, Oak Park, Il for proving you are still, full of shit as always!

Bank Of America expansion stalled in Oak Park, IL

The Marshall field building property … what? I just posted about this! Cool beans! This property on Harlem and Lake I have already bitched about, will be part of the increase rate of traffic at this intersection. The new Bank of America location was going to be another factor into the traffic dilemma, but I said “was” the project is now stalled!

Now having an organization like BOA wanting to move into a property like this like wanting it bad is exceptional, but the area leaders have misgivings of what it will bring to the area? HA! Really??? Because it does not conform to the standard of the “commercial area” and you have a Mary jane dispensary a few doors down, come on!

Although I do not like the idea of increased traffic in the area I think the idea of BOA locating in this spots would probably the best option for LESS traffic being generated at this intersection. Now BOA and another suitor for the location are thinking about going elsewhere and they should because why wait for Oak Park, Il to make up its mind If they want your business to be in THEIR area.

It sounds like a crazy ex that wants you to where the green socks instead of the white ones otherwise they are not going with you to your parents’ house for Christmas -sounds crazy right? So does the reasoning for BOA now being moved into this location asap but what does make sense in Oak Park, IL really? I mean they will have a Target store in the area but no BOA, I can tell which would be more out of place in the area and it is not BOA! I just love the fact that Oak Park, Il shoots itself in the foot every chance it can get. Just Stupid.

Here is the article discussing the delay of BOA moving into the Marshall Field’s building:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-13-2016/Marshall-Field-building-proposals-in-limbo/