Oak Park, IL’s non-existent night life

Lack of a night life is great for family peeps and the elderly but dont complain about being overtaxed because there is a lack of businesses to help shoulder the support of the financial burdens that the village incurs. The price of having such a community comes high and there is no reason to think it should come cheap. The need for redevelopment and restructuring of the zoning in the village is necessary to commit to the village’s evolution.

Partnering with local area communities is a necessity to encourage growth and welcome needed tax dollars that are merely being withheld or used elsewhere, anywhere that is not here. That lack of grammatical structure notwithstanding. The jist is because there is no nightlife the area is deemed boring and extra coin that could assist residents in paying for other bills or projects that warm the “liberal” hearts of the village’s residents is not being earned.

There is nothing wrong with spots, restaurants, bars, etc., open until 3 am if properly regulated, one does not need to go straight into the metropolitan area to get their kicks. Those who frequent such businesses can stay within the area and patronize it these local businesses and give us in the area a much needed leg up if the village was more welcoming to these businesses in the first place. Until it is this area will just stay known as a boring cultural let down where the favorite pastime after 9pm is sleeping.

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The closing of the Oak Park market

The sad thing about this, is that this is another business in Oak Park, IL that failed and the residents nor the village of Oak Park, IL did not come out to support this fledging business. To hear that the owner was hoping that residents from the Austin area would come out or that he understood those Austin residents believe the market was for “oak parkers” says a lot.

As I have always said there is a lack of marketing in Oak Park, IL I mean you cannot even post a real estate sign to sell your home, so the marketing of a new business from a customer standpoint is non existent. For the owners to believe that Oak Parkers would come out to support the store was foolish because it was on North Avenue which most in Oak Park, IL feel is part of Chicago or the “border” so not really part of Oak Park, IL. Plus, Oak Park, IL residents rather spend their money within the core of Oak Park, IL (not downtown as much) than on the outskirts. Playing Devil’s advocate, naming your business “Oak Park” does not mean that people from Oak Park, IL will automatically come out either.

The other part of this statement by the owner that the people form the Austin area believed that this store was for Oak Parkers is telling. Well, he did name the store for Oak Park for one! Second what does that say when a store is linked to the village and the neighboring residents from Chicago for example do not want to patronize it? What type of negative connation is linked with Oak Park in general that makes people stay away and not patronize stores that are needed in the area?

I think the answers are in the comments as a few commenters feel badly about how the store was ran, but also about their neighbors for not coming out to support a business in their namesake. The comments are golden so read a couple! The main point is that there was no practical research is this business plan when you drive down North Avenue you see that the businesses on this border have extensive difficulty if they are not practically based in the demands of the community. Nor believing that the residents would come out to support anything that espouses the name “Oak Park” is foolish, Oak Park, IL is the snake eating its own tail, chewing on its own lies and paying the price.

This is the article that talks about the closing of the Oak Park market:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/2-15-2019/Oak-Park-Market-near-closing/#Comment-1b4eb16ad29bf7e5da92832cc1028019

Oak Park, IL: the Connelly’s Public house letter

Meanwhile as I was ranting and raving about how Oak Park, IL does not take care of the local businesses in its downtown area. I believe I forgot to post the letter that Connelly’s Public house (that’s the name!) posted to their door when they closed slamming Oak Park, IL for their business failing due to the construction of the nearby condos in the area on South Boulevard.

The posted letter is damning, funny and altogether true, Oak Park, IL does forget local businesses in their village and does not promote them the way they should.  Because unless you physically walked in the are you would not have known that Connelly’s Public House was there or that the Chinese restaurant before it was replaced by it! Oak Park, il is sure quick to remember its “history” but not to promote its present commerce bodies in the area.

When you think of the tax revenue alone that is lost by failing businesses in the area as residents, it does make you sick to your stomach. In the photos I got of the area during construction, you can see it is a nice sunny day, however there is no traffic, car or foot in the area. However, if you go a block north there was tons of traffic. Oak Park, iL must do better in promoting and acknowledging that businesses are in the area for them to flourish and help us care the immense tax burden that the village officials like to heap on everyone here. Hell, to even bring in tourists and local shoppers or even establish a better night life scene Oak Park, IL has to do better by looking out for businesses like the Connelly’s Public house before the entire downtown area becomes a ghost town.

I pity the fool who thought I was dead (been watching a lot of old tv)

Hey there I am not dead… yet. I have been so busy after graduation from Roosevelt  trying to find a new job.  Unfortunately job searching is like a job onto itself and does not leave time for the finer things. Plus I have had a lot of personal shit literally shit/rain down upon me from all angles it is really not funny. I still feel like once you reside or have resided in Oak Park, IL you are basically cursed for life!

I have been looking out of state for jobs because this area is, Oak Park, Chicago and Illinois in general is not very pro business or employment. Not in the modern business sense at least. So I have been searching outside of the state to like Denver, Colorado to Los Angeles, California anywhere that has opportunity and less bullshit that Oak Park, IL has, creates or even brings.

Now that I have done the student-masters thing you would think employers here would be naturally breaking down my door but not here. Hell I have gotten offers from Minneapolis to Utah but i have experienced enough Chicago winters to last a lifetime to go north like that. I will break down the rest of the shit later on (hopefully). Peace

Plastic bags are now 10 cents each in Oak Park, IL part 3

With the 10 cent plastic bag tax I wonder how that will impact local businesses? That will probably impact the bottom line of the smaller businesses as now they have to charge their clients additional expenses with each purchase. Without immense assets to cover any decline of profit or added expenditures that this tax may bring like the larger businesses such as CVS or Jewel-Osco, small businesses will most likely suffer ergo like during the cook county soda pop tax.

Small businesses are now left on the hook to figure out ways to offset the costs or the unnecessary back lash that the bag tax brings whether it is huge discounts to keep customers coming back and distracted from the tax or incentive programs that help even out the cost to savings ratio? Either or I am simply loving how the village simply taxes the crap out of everyone and still get elected. I love the chaos and mean spirited public debates it creates, that is all that is needed for change or to cause a larger exodus out of Illinois. Keep doing stupid Oak Park, IL you do it well.

Here is an article that discusses the 10 cent plastic bag tax:

http://www.oak-park.us/your-government/environmental-initiatives/single-use-bag-initiative