Chicago’s “The Cost of Segregation” impacts Oak Park, IL

The Chicago area that includes Oak Park, IL “has the fifth-highest” out of 100 big city areas in the country with a problem with a socioeconomically issue that is racially based. A report created by the University of Illinois in Chicago “The Cost of Segregation” this report talks about how the racial lines in the Chicago land area impacts the crime rates, the businesses that are invested in those areas, and how this all impacts everyone in the area.

Now how does Oak Park, IL get involved well in all this? Well the problems of Chicago, IL does overflow into this suburb especially since they share a similar boundary of Austin Avenue. Therefore, the ideal suburb must deal with the backlash of failed policies (economic, political, etc.) of the major metropolitan body it is connected to, and denying that Oak Park, IL is being impacted by it is just absurd.

Getting worried about a Taco Bell entering the area or that the Village board selling out creating high-rises downtown, is nothing compared to everyday issues that the people in the most segregation areas dealt with on a daily basis. Their problems of low economic opportunities sometimes translate into crime, that crime does not stay in that area.

It also creeps into Oak Park, IL, ignorance is not bliss, and partnerships across the borders of Oak Park, IL in the less opportune areas could help stymied crime bleeding into this area. Even Though Oak Park, IL does not seem to have a ton of crime it is best to keep abreast of the issues that impact the area. You can read more about these issues below.

The study from UIC regarding the racial disparities: https://news.uic.edu/new-report-details-chicagos-racial-ethnic-disparities

The Chicago tonight article:

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/03/28/report-segregation-costs-chicago-residents-billions-annually

The Cost of Segregation:

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/sites/default/files/article/file-attachments/mpc_cost_of_segregation_web_EMBARGOED.pdf

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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

Black History as told by Oak Park Apartments

The idiots that run my building are full of shit as this is Black History Month they put articles like this on their blog showing how “inclusive” they are :: http://oakparkapartments.com/2017/02/the-history-behind-black-history-month/

While of course shilling their crappy “vintage” apartments on the right sidebar! But what do you expect from Oak Park, IL an article possibly written by an African American? Nah! They do not get those types of jobs. This article is like hearing about the Native Americans struggle as told through the eyes of General Custer.

But I digress it is an article of political correctness, at least have an article about Black History Month when it starts.. damn! It is bad enough that it is celebrated on the shortest month of the year, but if you leave it up to Oak Park Apartments, they would cut another week off it while saying “Oak Park, IL is diverse”… really.

Still got those cul-de sacs up on Austin Ave?

I wonder how many African Americans are placed near the heart of Oak Park in other Oak Park Apartment locations or get their building complaints taken seriously as their other racial counterparts? I am not on a soap box just calling it like it is. I know as a rebuttal the phrase: “ I have black friends” or “I know black people” will come out I just wish it was a forced of a gesture like this article. 7 days later no less.

Oak Park, Il related: 10 things about Rosa Parks

I thought it would be great to know more about Rosa Parks because of Black History Month, so I easily did a google search to find 10 things most people did not know about Rosa Parks. Oh and it’s true the things listed in this article I did not even know I guess because it is not really problem knowledge or focused upon.

I wonder besides doing the average Black History month report I school does anyone in Oak Park, IL does anything else to celebrate Black History Month. I mean not just some speeches at a library but really have some type of museum activities or reflection on race relations in Oak Park, IL but I believe that would be too controversial and probably bring too many “people” into the area (you know what I mean).

Here is a quick link to know more during Black History Month:

http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-rosa-parks?cmpid=_FBPAGE_Brand+Building_20170204_798161003

Happy “National Freedom Day!”

Happy Black History Month! Although that this, is of course, the shortest month of the year (don’t get Ma Pro started) it is a time to celebrate African American culture here in the United States. Today is actually “National Freedom Day” the day that President Lincoln started the process that ended slavery in the United States, later ended by 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Congress created a resolution that made today National Freedom Day in 1947 and President Truman made it law in June of 1948.

Meaning that even though President Lincoln made Slavery illegal it took many years and decades to have this basic tenet that every person is free in our Country to be recognized. Even though there are still tons of racism, being played out everywhere in our country and even in places like Oak Park, IL there is still hope. By recognizing that freedom is for everyone on a day like today we acknowledge that everyone should be treated equal and be given an equal footing until every man, woman, and child is on an equal footing we got a long way to go.

Here are some more sites that gives you more information regarding “National Freedom Day” I hope you enjoy the information, and happy reading!

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/national-freedom-day

http://heavy.com/news/2017/02/national-freedom-day-when-meaning-abraham-lincoln-black-history-month-13th-amendment/

Happy Holiday! Happy Martin Luther King Jr day!

Happy Holiday! Happy Martin Luther King Jr day!

This is, of course, a great day because most of us have it off, but it’s also a great time to celebrate diversity in our area and our country. Even though places like Oak Park, Il like to say they are diverse and steer most of the minorities in Oak Park, Il to live near the Austin border, we can still keep the dream alive and fight these type of mindsets by keep speaking out and keep fighting against overt and covert racist practices such as the one I have aforementioned.

You do not necessary have to be black to actually reap the benefits from MLK jr’s sacrifice either because of his stance we have better ideas about cultural understanding and intelligence this helps us practically in everyday life, as a people, as a country, a global power and as a single race of humanity. As we become more cultural intertwined we are able to overcome our differences and the ignorance that is out there, this is not some liberal fantasy, or cuck erotic story, just plain common sense.

We are all on this planet together so we might as well get along, and for those who wish to practice overt and covert racism whenever they want, (how do I say this eloquently?) can …. suck a big long one. Enjoy one another and let the old haters sit in their corners and bitch. Remember the man, take a stand, and enjoy your MLK jr. day in the memory of this great man.

Peace and Chicken grease.

Soon no one will be able to afford Oak Park, IL

Some time ago I read an article (“Who can afford to live in Oak Park?”) talking about if Oak Park, Il was still going to be affordable for those middle and lower income families and how the village is less worried about the “racial re-segregation” that is happening now in Oak Park, IL. The fact of the matter is that those old liberal residents in Oak Park, Il can state that they are open to everyone and as they sign kumbaya to our faces they cannot wait to sell the so called “heritage” of Oak Park, IL so that the affluent move in and raise property values once again.

Honestly in hopes to move out the less desirables in their minds but being true hypocrites they would not tell say it out aloud, the funny thing is that this raises their property values AND taxes as well, sort of a double edged sword. So as long as they keep those poor people and minorities out who cares right? Oak Park, IL becomes that exclusive suburb once again affluent, pushing out the thoughts of being inclusive as they all put out their Hillary signs preaching that they are for everyone, so as long as that everyone is really them.

If the next generation cannot buy the homes or rent the apartments in Oak park, Il what happens to that area? It is not like Oak Park, Il is bustling with activity like Chicago’s Lakeview or Wrigleyville, it is more like Hyde Park than anything else and you see how that is!

Now after reading that article in July you think the writer may be an alarmist but actually he has a point as the Tasty dog was torn down on Lake street it was not bulldozed to make way for a restaurant or an additional building for commercial use to expand the Hemingway district’s theme. Per the article (“Tasty Dog flattened District House moves forward”) it was actually torn down for a mixed use condo that will probably have store front business space, but it will also have condos ranging from 650,000 to $900,000. Oh yeah, the people in the Chicago area obviously have the money because a third of the units sold. However, can they sell all the units? When these tenants move in what type of resources will they demand of the area? Will they be okay with the Oak Park Apartments or the Oak Park River Forest High School just a little bit down the street or would those areas need to be refitted for the new class of residents that are moving in?

Truthfully if I bought a condo for nearly a million dollars it would not be in that area unless I was told that the area was soon about to change. Which brings us back to the first article in which the writer was disturbed about one high rise, and how one high rise could damage Oak Park, IL’s commitment to racial and income desegregation you compare it to this article and you will realize he was not pissing in the wind.

There are other condos going up on Lake Street from Oak Park, IL to River Forest, Il, in the article “River Forest advances Lake and Lathrop project” we see that both villages are basically saying FUCK YOU to affordable housing and pushing such undesirables who cannot spend the cash to go elsewhere. Even though there are people who can pay this type of money, of course, there is no doubt there are people who can, but it is not enough to fill either village when properties like these raise the property values and them the property taxes in the area.

Of course Oak Park, IL is not being ran by the brightest crayons in the box, look at their operating budget, and the idiotic development and further construction of expensive condos all up and down Lake Street merely illustrates that fact. The selling point of Oak Park is its quaintness harking back to Wilbur Wright designed houses and the home of Hemingway, now that illusion is overshadowed by the condos popping up killing the illusion that Oak Park, Il is still that place that safeguards its old time traditions and values.

This is the article that is superbly written about the housing inequality in Oak Park, Il:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/7-26-2016/Who-can-afford-to-live-in-Oak-Park%3F-/

The article about Tasty Dog’s removal and more condos building in the area:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-8-2016/Tasty-Dog-flattened,-District-House-moves-forward/

River Forest is getting into the act for condo building:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/12-8-2016/River-Forest-advances-Lake-and-Lathrop-project/