Parking tickets? No problem in Oak park, IL just forget them and be forgiven…

The village cannot get people to pay old tickets from 2004 to 2017. That is news to me because I pay my tickets all of the time. Considering there are nothing but parking restrictions and rules all around Oak Park, IL you would think this is a money maker for the village. But no, the village as one person commented in the article “Ticket amnesty program nets $60K” they were contacted about a few tickets and had to pull out some old cashed checks. Yup, dude had already paid those old tickets and because of the village’s shitty record keeping they tried to charge him twice.

That makes me wonder how many other people, are just victims of Oak Park, IL’s shitty record keeping when it comes to parking tickets. How many people just moved away and left Oak Park, IL in their far rearview mirror, and told the village to suck it with their tickets. How many tickets may have thrown away, out of pure disgust because the parking restrictions as I have aforementioned are so shitty that it is hard to keep one’s patience with the mess called “parking” in Oak Park, IL

I do have to agree that maybe many of the people who did not pay their parking tickets could have been due to socioeconomic reasons, because Oak Park, IL although has “equal housing” does not have equal parking. Getting one of the many types of stickers for parkin in the area is just archaic. I would hazard a guess it is an event praised by old retirees who have a nice 401k. But that is not mirrored by the majority of the population in the country, the area or the village. Thinking that the methodologies of times past is the best practices for the present is very incorrect and foolhardy.

Just forgiving the past tickets of those who did not pay during this amnesty time, pisses me off because again, I pay my tickets. Probably because I think the local enforcement likes to patrol my area and write those little bitches out as part of their day. But if the system is not up to date, and the cost of doing so adding to it the cost of adding these old records into the new system is high as hell… well fuck it! Maybe it is time to update the record keeping system and possibly a lot of the parking jargon that goes with it. Start with a new slate and come up with a new system and set of parking rules that all can abide by.

This is the article discussing the ticket amnesty event and how it did not go well:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-18-2019/Ticket-amnesty-program-nets-$60K/

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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

New Chicago mayor: Lori Lightfoot

Oh man so the city of Chicago is going to have its first African American woman as a mayor one that is considered an outsider. Anything is better than that old principal chick raising sod taxes on everyone. This is the sort of change needed in Oak Park, IL, a one of the blue, way outside the box type of person that can come in and demoralize the status quo and shine light on the entrenched idiots that are in local government today and do what is really needed to look out for the residents of the village.

Hopefully Oak Park, IL can take this as a hint to vote in new blood and do not let the April 2nd elections be an end of demanding change. I hope people get tired of bitching about changing things, tired of complaining about traffic, parking and taxes and vote in people who will get things moving. Moving into the right direction for the village itself.

Here is the link that shows the results:

https://elections.suntimes.com/results/

The need for parking spaces in Oak Park, IL

I think that the village needs to eliminate some of the long large lawns in Oak Park, Il in high traffic areas and places where parking is tough. Just to adjust for the needs of this area if I am thinking then most likely the village officials have thought of it. I do not see that ideal picture of the picturesque village staying in tact in the new future. The need for parking is immense and traffic is just insane, plus the village is constantly looking for ways to make money hand over fist.

This would be a great way to do both, ease travel issues and make money. Although I see residents flipping out there may not be any other way to have a way to ease the stress on the finite resources the village has nor come up with creative solutions that actually address issues that face everyday residents. There are other suburbs that have created the face in parking in multiple places in their suburbs so why can’t Oak Park Il?

I don’t think it’s an issue of can it be done but rather if there is a desire to do so if people would be willing to do away with a couple of feet of their lawns. I believe as crazy as that sounds and as major of an issue that it would be it could be a possible solution. I am not saying it is THE solution but it could be one that serves the needs of the village the most.

Albion, Albion, Rush Oak Park, Albion, and Albion some more..

Holy shit so after reading this article (“Oak Park Plan Commission issues findings on Albion, Rush”) you are telling we will be hearing about this Albion crap in about two years?? Again? First off, I am glad that the village is expanding the Rush Oak Park Hospital, it is practical well thought of and ideal if the village wishes to expand its population base. Expanding the population base also expands the tax base too, so I know the village is drooling over the thought of all those additional tax dollars with the different high rises they are trying to push through. It is the same crap in Chicago, Oak Park, Il is no better. But the idea of expanding the hospital to me makes sense and I am glad it is out of the reasonable decisions made by the village board.

However, with this Albion crap they have just gotta let it go. Stroll down to the comments and the majority of the people commenting don’t want the friggin thing so why not listen to the people or put it to a ballot to end to this nightmare. Why not ask the people what they want or have a bunch of designs and put those designs to a vote, either through ballot (paper) or online. I just do not want to hear about it for the next two years, well, hopefully I won’t be trapped here that long! Then I can really crap on Oak Park, IL! (LOL) I am glad that most of my favorite places are back in the “trendy” places in the Chicagoland area, and the ones that I do like in the Oak Park, IL area are on the borders so I do not have to put up with the traffic problems.

I mean let’s be realistic an 18-story building is going to bring a lot of traffic to that area, and the plans provided do not have any ideas realistically to deal with that influx. What a parking garage? If that was a solution then why doesn’t Oak Park, Il not have dozens of parking garages all around the village then to truly help the residents? Because there is no money in that type of thinking, with that type of logic you know that the story of the Albion development if defeated in the next couple of months will just “pop” back up in two years’ time. Hey, everyone loves a sequel right? Ugh.

Here is the article talking about the dreaded Albion development rising from the dead like an extra from a George Romero movie:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-26-2017/Oak-Park-Plan-Commission-issues-findings-on-Albion,-Rush-/

Confusing parking Signs “A letter to the editor”

I recently read a “letter to the editor” on Oakpark.com about the confusing parking signs and I found it hilarious. The author, I hope is being sarcastic, is hoping that the new parking signs will encourage more walking and more bike lanes. The reality is that more walking is not in the cards for tourists and visitors who come to Oak Park, IL with major dollars to spend. They are trying that crap in downtown Chicago, but there are a couple of differences between the Oak Park, IL’s downtown and Chicago’s downtown.

There is a huge population in Chicago that pays tons of freaking taxes that subside bike lanes that Oak Park, IL does not have, obviously if the author of this article is being true to themselves then they like to pay MORE taxes (property, etc.). Second the layout of Chicago is massive compared to the compact area Oak Park, IL encompasses the bike lanes with hinder travel even more than it already is. Imagine local businesses trying to get deliveries, or how about regular people like you and me getting regular packages with more bike lanes taking up those parking spots?

The reality is that the parking signs are a mess and the spots available for parking for EVERYONE, needs adjustment or realignment. Major businesses that are invested in Oak Park, IL are going to wonder if their customers will have enough parking for the upcoming holiday season as they battle Amazon and other online retailers these businesses will want the make their brick and mortar stores even more attractive not less, because of less parking places.

That is something most residents do not understand, if they want there “haven” in Oak Park, Il to remain that way, nowadays they need to do. For the future Oak Park, Il needs to build and restructure its infrastructure not eliminate it. That revenue made from parking passes, village stickers, etc., with new bike lanes and more “walking” means that the village board will need to sell more properties to development companies to build an Albion development just to offset the money lost with the elimination of those tax dollars.

Yes, lets eliminate parking spaces altogether and see the chaos unfold.

 

Here is the article/letter to the editor that made me laugh so much:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-5-2017/Confusing-parking-signs-encourage-walking/

Parking signs confusing? no really?

The idea that these parking signs would help is just crazy, the signs only complicates even further the confusing parking situation that is Oak Park, Il. The idea that you can put all the stupid ass information about the parking restrictions on a flat piece of metal canvas is ridiculous. Even the designer of the sign is quoted thinking that is too hopeful of a mission.

To see that other residents are having a ton of problems with these parking signs as well is fantastic I am no longer feeling alone or half as stupid as Oak Park, Il makes all of us feel. There is no shortage of miscommunication in Oak Park, Il and these signs just add on to the confusion. There are probably many stories of confusion when stupidity is prevalent and widespread as this I wonder if the people who make these decisions ever think these things through.

The village has a survey to allow you to communicate with the village about the effectiveness of these signs. Most of the questions (under seven) focus upon the ability of the readers who see these signs and how well is it communicating the consolidated messages of signs past into one. To me, the new signs are open to interpretation and when that is the case, nine times out of ten, you usually get a ticket for your troubles.

Can you imagine if you’re getting a ticket or not depends upon the interpretation of these crazy signs? If the cops are ticket happy in the first place how much of an increase in tickets issued will come as a result of this insanity? How many people receiving tickets for this approved insanity will change the course of the village of Oak Park, IL doing something that utterly makes no sense?

You can let your voice be heard it is a survey powered by survey monkey regarding the parking signs go here: oak-park.us/signsurvey

This is an interesting article about the parking signs:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/8-29-2017/These-parking-signs-are-confusing/

Oak Park, IL related: Forest Park, IL part 2

I remember living in Forest Park, and in every village, town or city you need to buy their funky sticker. Well, this one time I remember I went online to pay for a sticker and waited for a long time. The thing about governments especially local ones is that these idiots have no idea to mesh technology with everyday activities or needs. Therefore, I had the sticker purchased and was simply waiting for the town of Forest incompetent Park to mail me the fucking thing.

Unfortunately, it takes the workers of Forest Park a long time to figure out this thing called the internet, email and all this electronic stuff. Mind you I was recorded in the system as purchasing the sticker in forest parks shitty little computers. So, when the due date came and went I was not worried because hey I purchased the sticker beforehand, I printed off a receipt of the purchase, and of course, anyone working for forest park can see that I did. Well. Not really, so the day came and went.

When I walked down into my apartment building’s private parking lot and low and behold a parking ticket. The ticket was for no sticker at 12:08 am therefore the cops were just patrolling looking for shit to do. Okay, I said to myself I will take off tomorrow and contest the ticket because hey obviously, the cop made a mistake and did not look into the system and see that I bought a sticker, no problem. Therefore, I did my due diligence and scheduled a day off when I got to work to contest the ticket, obviously just a mistake, that is easily solved right?

The next morning, you know the day I took off, was uneventful when I woke up, but when I went to the apartment building’s private parking lot to get in my car to drive down to the town hall, there was a ticket. This ticket was again for no sticker, now I’m pissed. This ticket was issued at 12:05 am, the ticket had the same badge number too. Obviously, this idiot was either getting his numbers for his quota, got a hard on issuing tickets or couldn’t find any midget porn to whack off too.

I grabbed that ticket and get down to fuckin Forest Park city hall to talk to these fucks. The attendant representative whatever behind the desk tells that the tickets were obviously written in error because the system showed I purchased the sticker the town simply had to mail it out. She went to the back to make sure and stated that BOTH tickets were invalid. I noticed a cop was walking back and forth in the background it was probably the same dude who wrote the ticket because he really was interested in what we said.

I asked the rep if it could have been checked in the system she stated that the officer should have checked and knew that the stickers were going out late. Also, she could not explain why I got back to back tickets on back to back days ten minutes after midnight each time. The only explanation after clearing the tickets off my record and dealing with this more than informative attendant I, therefore, came to the conclusion that I was dealing with a broken system in Forest Park and an asshole cop.

When the mail was delivered that afternoon, the sticker arrived, so I went ahead and placed the sticker in the window. Later on, I made an outline sketch of my hand with my middle finger extended and placed it in the window near the sticker. That cemented my decision to leave Forest Park, I really hope that cop enjoyed my drawing.

Parking in Oak Park, IL is made to be more complex that it should be.

The crazy thing is, with parking in Oak park, Il is that the village and residents make it more complex than it needs to be. I have scanned a set of directions that the village gave me for parking in the area in which I paid a permit for. Once you paid for the village sticker and the three-month area sticker, they gave you instructions that seemed like some type flight or video game instructions. It just makes things way more complicated why not just have posted signs in the area?

It is bad enough you have to move your car after 10 pm and park in the depot, then move it back to the main area after 8 am. Which if you work second shift anywhere you are in hell, why not just let people who paid for the sticker just stay there?

Then you got residents that act like the village has not pimped out that area in the first place. Coming out and “claiming” parking areas that the permission for parking has already been sold to other parties. Instead of raising hell with the drivers who only rent there, as a permanent resident, it makes sense to raise hell with the village.

Not with people who have no ties to the area, and who hold a grudge like forever. Take a look at the crazy instructions for a good laugh, although other burbs and downtown Chicago have parking rules not as bad as Oak Park, Il.

Happy Fourth of July from Oak Park, IL

Happy 4th of July! I will be taking suggestions of what to write and I will blog further and comment upon articles about Oak Park, Il on other websites in which I have previously commented on. I think that after starting this blog and the multiple web pages regarding the negative underbelly of Oak Park, IL I thought I would be a singular voice but alas I am not! I have found multiple voices out there ranting about the same thing(s) that I usually am.

 

Whether it is parking issues, ignorant neighbors, irresponsible dog owners, etc., there are people out there that do not accept the craziness given to them by Oak Park, IL and have exercised their free right to freedom of speech on the internet. Many have sacrificed to allow people like me to have the right of dissent and to break down areas of pure bullshit like Oak Park, IL and the idyllic stupidity or atmosphere they are trying to display for the masses.

 

I wish all of you a happy 4th of July, and hopefully one day we will all be able to park anywhere we want in Oak Park, Il not because common sense will prevail, but because this is America!

 

Below is a link to some patriotic music (I do not own) on youtube.com that’s can stir the patriotic juices.

 

Happy Birthday, America!

 

American flag wallpaper from: wallpapercave.com