I love how some people are still dreamers here in Oak Park, Il or are selling a dream because to believe that Oak Park, Il wants to connect to the Austin area is just a dream. This article or opinion states they hope that Oak Park, Il will give tax breaks to the small businesses like they do the larger developers however with Taco Bell coming on Madison I do not think that the village representatives are thinking likes this at all. In fact, I believe that the author is well-intentioned is smoking the most powerful shit on the planet to think that Oak park, IL is adhering to the ideals he mentions in this article.
The problem with Oak Park, IL is that you are getting an influx of new characters who want the corporate big names, the convenience and the small village “security” that Oak Park, proposes to have, then oh that name recognition! These new characters want all that but fuck all that historic environmental jazz. Trust me I worked with a new young (under 30) resident who did not care what changes were being made at Harlem and Lake so long as their “condo values go up..” yeah she said that more than once. Then you have the residents in the northern part of Oak Park who are highly residential and do not have an apartment building or business in sight, so they are not affected so they do NOT give a shit.
Which leaves the rest of us fuckers near Madison Ave having to deal with the reconstruction and redesigning of Oak Park, IL but not for the better. Negating everything this author mentions in this opinion piece I wonder if he even lives near the area he is discussing if he is he is surely not awake for all the shit that is going on. And he and everyone else that thinks the way he explains in his opinion piece needs so wake the fuck up.
OMG so Oak park, IL is going to get a Taco Bell?? Awesome, for my late night tummy, but not for the historic sensibility of the area or its residents! Right on Madison Street too!
I see by the comments that the residents understand what type of impact that this restaurant chain moving into their area would mean for the village, in fact it destroys the “look” of Oak Park, Il and the chance for smaller businesses to have an opportunity to come in and grow. But what the hell, since the Mayor and Village board love selling Oak Park away and the residents allow it to happen everything is cool until it brings unwanted streams of traffic, destroys the parking structure in the neighborhood or bring unwanted violence from the people driving through Oak park, Il and wanting that late-night taco fix.
Geez, I have to go all the way to the Forest park, IL Taco bell for grub and those fools look shady in that mother but can fix a mean taco. The resistance to this new Taco bell reminds me of the resistance facing the new Taco Bell being introduced in the Pilsen area. The residents crying about “authentic flavor” but like the new location in Oak Park, IL the sites for development each have been empty for years. So instead of crying about some chain coming in and ruining the ambiance of the area residents should have worked to get smaller businesses into those spots, so Taco Bell would have no choice but to go elsewhere.
Quit crying this is the new Oak park, IL if you are going to do nothing but cry about it and vote the same idiots who ruin your peaceful little village, then don’t worry about it
Here is the article discussing the new neighbor on Madison Street:
Taco bell in Pilsen: