More traffic on Lake street in Oak Park, IL

To add to the traffic congestion on Lake Street in downtown Oak Park, IL there is now a movement to assist in creating a Holiday Inn hotel on 1140 Lake Street. This is right above Nando’s Peri Peri, if you are trying to picture it without google. Although the discussion for this has been ongoing for more than a year and a half, it is finally picking up steam. With additions of upper floors to the existing building, for extra hotel rooms.

The good thing is that financial subsidies are not being asked for the project as of yet. But we know that could change as with any project. While trying to sell how the area is “evolving” as a reason for the hotel, the parking around the area or availability of spaces of course will suffer. When brought up the Mayor stated that there is a 1,200 parking garage behind the building.

Yeah. So where is the rest of the parking? Is it expected that everyone that works in the area to use public transportation to free up the parking for customers of local businesses? Will there be a limit for customers to be parked in the garage like a two hour limit because the 1,200 car garage will not be enough for the area? Once this thing is complete the area will be highly congested and that leads to other issues not discussed or thought of by the village. Of course to have thoughts that lead towards common sense would be a new thing for Oak Park, IL a new thing indeed.

Here is the link to the article explaining the extra traffic: https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/10-15-2019/Holiday-Inn-on-Lake-Street%3F/

River Forest Public works project-Oak Park, Il related

The great thing about this River Forest Public works project is that it will put a couple of traffic sign improvements to the Lake and Thatcher intersection. Adding some turn signals to this intersection is a welcomed change. There are some are other intersections in the village of Oak Park, IL that could use this common sense. But being River Forest, IL they are singular but combined to Oak Park, IL it seems only for educational crap.

When you go down Thatcher Avenue it is a freaking fantastic, I mean you literally speed through from North Avenue to Lake Street without all the idiot restrictions that you get growing through Oak Park, IL. The traffic signals will hopefully ease the backup when there is rush hour.

Here is the link that briefly discusses the traffic signals at this intersection:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-24-2019/Public-works-projects-aim-to-ease-traffic,-parking/

Oak Park IL is rolling out a website for its Lake Street construction project

The Village is pushing out a website, yeah, to showcase what they will be doing to improve Lake Street in Oak Park, IL. It has fancy project details what will be done on the street while construction is happening and hopefully what improvements that will be made. There are various improvements including and I quote: replacing and restoring water and sewer mains” which is always great, I mean who wants to drink water from old lead pipes right?

But the main improvements are of course those that are mandated by most local governments concerning access for those with disabilities. Meaning:  street crossings that people in wheelchairs can use and they will no longer be subjugated to riding in the streets, furthering the spotlight upon them.

Now without even dumpster diving into the website I noticed a huge issue that is not being addressed: parking. There is a link to maps for parking while the construction project is underway but nothing, I can see about adding additional parking to assist businesses their customers or even people with disabilities who need additional access or accommodation for parking. Therefore, this project I just a means for Oak Park, Il to finally update some shit like the water piping, street resurfacing while also following the common-sense laws we have in place everywhere else like giving access to the disabled. I rather say physically challenged but the website stated disabilities a few times, so I am trying to roll with that.

The plan has been in motion for awhile and it is interesting to see what residents think and how the village will effective roll it out per their own deadlines in completing it. With every project there are outliers and “bumps” in the road that will knock a project off course and in Oak Park, Il the pure fallacy that the village can pull something like this off without a hitch would be monumental. In other words, I would not allow the idiots in charge to watch a dead canary (no offense to the animal lovers!), because they would not be able to carry on the next step without some major fuck up.

With that said I am all for this project (surprise bitches!) and I am all about updating infrastructure and accommodating people so that we all have equal access and sanitation for all to enjoy. And yes, updated clean, working sanitation is a luxury. I am hoping that the village can complete this project by 2020 as they stated without the usual fuck ups involved so that they do not put out residents, businesses and those who now have hope to accessing some of the luxuries that the rest of us (without disabilities) take for granted.

Here is their basic website that they rolled out for the Lake street project:

BetterLakeStreet.com

Do not be disabled and try to get around downtown Oak Park, IL

So now there is limited disability access to Oak park’s downtown, the construction downtown has become an obstacle for many trying to navigate the area. The intelligence of Oak Park officials at work here, has both sides of sidewalks for Lake and Forest closed not only for pedestrians but for those with disabilities as well. Unfortunately, now everyone has to walk in the streets and nearly get hit by passing cars due to the fact Oak Park, cannot manage simple project management implementation.

The yearlong project in this area has about a couple more weeks to go, with signs informing the public are “clearly marked” sounds like a complete standard cop out. Administratively the village has done the bare minimum as required by law, and that is all that can be expected. I am not sure why anyone can believe there will be anything more from this village administration. Total scrooges the lot of them. Thinking that they will give any resident the time of day to give input or have their concerns be listened to.

As I always said the machine that is Oak Park, IL and their construction plans all over and amongst the village is inept. Why does it surprise anyone that you need to risk your lives to merely cross the street? Only in Oak Park, Il is the greed of the few overweighting the needs of the many.

This is the article discussing the issues at Lake and Forest in downtown Oak park, Il: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/06/14/construction-in-oak-park-creates-added-obstacle-for-residents-with-disabilities/

Robbing on Lake Street

I wonder how much they make at a subway, but now we have an answer about 600 to 800 at a subway on Lake street. We know because it was robbed recently. I have always said that the residents of Oak Park, IL do not take their security seriously and this just adds to the list of potential victims: local businesses. So much for doing deposits or putting money mid-day in a safe that can only be accessed at certain times of the day or individuals. Problem is that this article (see below) does not tell the whole story. Maybe that is a good thing, because we really do not want to give criminals ideas but if you can rob a Subway on a street that is busy like Lake Street. These criminals have obviously figured out something if they got away on Lake street, I mean the traffic alone on Lake Street, should have stopped their getaway plans.

I am not saying you cannot go by your normal day to day activities but keep an eye out for a suspicious characters or activities. Most of these “signs” are easy to see and usually come from a mile away. Just being vigilant helps I know I sound like a mom, or even my mother but I rather be paranoid than robbed and/or dead.  The thing is when you are ordering food you do naturally drop your guard so kudos to the criminals for realizing this and striking at a place that you would not usually think of. Hell, this will make me be on red alert when I go to Five Guys or any of the businesses on Lake Street. It’s funny because when I think of it now there is a very light police presence on Lake Street (downtown), so the chances of it reoccurring are fairly high. Oh well, #staywoke bitches!

Here is the article I mentioned earlier:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-subway-robbery-tl-0719-story.html

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.

The Oak Park Housing Center sucks

I went to this “housing center” and signed up, waited, and a few people came in after me.

There was this single white chick who signed up as well (the same time I came in) and a black dude trying to fill out the paperwork (for two hours).

When it came to calling people to talk one on one about finding a place (of Course) the chick was called first after we both sat there for 45-minutes. As she was leaving I saw her Oak park area print out was of the inner Oak Park area, you know, Lake street and Ridgeland, tons of circles. I managed to see it because she was standing in our way talking on the phone about to her mum as it was our turn to go in!

When we were called and were rushed through (no sh*t) the process in about 15 minutes and given some crappy listings on Austin Avenue. Really?

The area that is borderline Chicago?

Who goes into a housing Center for Oak Park to be given listings basically in Chicago?

Well, we did not go back. Now fast forward, I get an email from them wanting to know how our search is doing “the information will help their non-profit” really? MONTHS LATER???

Plus they GAVE ME a DEADLINE to get back to them! LOL

Please pass this up and do the work.

I got me a better place on my own than with this place!

 

Contributor: Omir

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!