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

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Trip through the old neighborhood: Lakeview

Nothing like a trip to the old neighborhood to do one well, I visited some of the old spots, but since I had to drive back to Oak Park, IL I could not drink! It was great hitting up crisp, molly’s, sultans market then flying through the DePaul university campus (area). And I realized that it took less time travelling from Lakeview to Damen than it takes me to get from Ridgeland to Oak Park ave on lake street. I left liberated traveling at 25 mph and actually getting somewhere!

Something most people in Oak Park, Il will never understand unless they travel outside of the village. I overheard one coworker stating that she only drives from River Forest to her home, condo in Oak Park, Il. Yeah, I know! I felt sorry for her…. But not really lol.

She doesn’t know what she is missing and I wonder if there are others like her. It is very sad to have such a limited view of the world and to limit one’s experiences to one part of the world like that. But that is cool I rather be running rampant through Lakeview etc. than stick my head in the sand and drink Oak Park, il’s Kool aid any day.