Snow removal parking plan in Oak Park, IL

I always forget that when the snow falls Oak Park, IL to watch out for tickets! If there is a two-inch snowfall then the village’s Snow Removal Parking Plan goes into effect and therefore main streets must be cleared, and the influx of traffic on other streets increases.

Meaning it becomes harder to find a parking spot. And do not try to park in a spot that is already shoveled out, I did that by mistake once and got a “hey golly!” for my troubles. Seriously. Then on the side streets, it’s parking on the side of even-numbered address on even days and parking on the side of the street with odd-numbered days on odd days. Just the dumbest shit ever. And yes, I have gotten a ticket or two, for not remembering the odd day-odd parking placement requirement. This happened once when I had a day off and just slept in for the day. And the other times was when I was bedridden sick and could not go out into the cold.

These type of parking games is just infantile. I bet it probably stresses the shit out of seniors who still drive (and park on the street) when winter comes to Oak Park, IL. Because it sure unnerves the shit out of me. Plus, this type of arrangement makes me wonder why there is not an emphasis on building parking garages for rental properties or just residents in general to combat the need for such stupidity.

This is the parking rules verbatim from the article:

 

Main streets posted as snow routes must be cleared of all parked cars. These include Augusta Street, Austin Boulevard, Chicago Avenue, Division Street, Garfield Street, Harlem Avenue, Harrison Street, Jackson Boulevard, Lake Street, Madison Street, North Avenue, Oak Park Avenue, Ridgeland Avenue, Roosevelt Road and Wisconsin Avenue from Madison Street to the emergency entrance of Rush Oak Park Hospital.

Non-snow route streets allow parking between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the side of the street with even-numbered addresses on even days and the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses on odd days.

Designated commercial parking areas as posted follow the odd/even rule between midnight and 8 a.m.

Snow parking rules do not override other parking regulations, such as time limitations and prohibitions.

Vehicles parked in violation of the snow restrictions are subject to ticketing and towing.

Map of snow routes where parking may be prohibited during a major snowfall

Here is the link to the article talking about the Emergency Snow removal Parking rules:

https://www.oak-park.us/news/snowfall-can-trigger-parking-restrictions

More traffic on Lake street in Oak Park, IL

To add to the traffic congestion on Lake Street in downtown Oak Park, IL there is now a movement to assist in creating a Holiday Inn hotel on 1140 Lake Street. This is right above Nando’s Peri Peri, if you are trying to picture it without google. Although the discussion for this has been ongoing for more than a year and a half, it is finally picking up steam. With additions of upper floors to the existing building, for extra hotel rooms.

The good thing is that financial subsidies are not being asked for the project as of yet. But we know that could change as with any project. While trying to sell how the area is “evolving” as a reason for the hotel, the parking around the area or availability of spaces of course will suffer. When brought up the Mayor stated that there is a 1,200 parking garage behind the building.

Yeah. So where is the rest of the parking? Is it expected that everyone that works in the area to use public transportation to free up the parking for customers of local businesses? Will there be a limit for customers to be parked in the garage like a two hour limit because the 1,200 car garage will not be enough for the area? Once this thing is complete the area will be highly congested and that leads to other issues not discussed or thought of by the village. Of course to have thoughts that lead towards common sense would be a new thing for Oak Park, IL a new thing indeed.

Here is the link to the article explaining the extra traffic: https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/10-15-2019/Holiday-Inn-on-Lake-Street%3F/

River Forest Public works project-Oak Park, Il related

The great thing about this River Forest Public works project is that it will put a couple of traffic sign improvements to the Lake and Thatcher intersection. Adding some turn signals to this intersection is a welcomed change. There are some are other intersections in the village of Oak Park, IL that could use this common sense. But being River Forest, IL they are singular but combined to Oak Park, IL it seems only for educational crap.

When you go down Thatcher Avenue it is a freaking fantastic, I mean you literally speed through from North Avenue to Lake Street without all the idiot restrictions that you get growing through Oak Park, IL. The traffic signals will hopefully ease the backup when there is rush hour.

Here is the link that briefly discusses the traffic signals at this intersection:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-24-2019/Public-works-projects-aim-to-ease-traffic,-parking/

Giving pause in Oak Park, IL

Obviously not everyone feels the same way about Oak Park, Il there are some people who do not feel safe who do not feel welcome even though they live here. Who feel that the lack of working towards diversity hurts the community instead of helping it. But that has always been Oak Park, IL’s MO always one of talk and doing the other thing. Hypocrisy at its best. Stating who they are not racist but turn a blind eye to social reform because it would mean they would have to look inward and do the work to make change necessary.

With the obvious lack of leadership on so many levels in the village of Oak Park, IL the village loses its luster and becomes another village that panders good tidings but has its racist overtones still in place. The writer in this article has stated their reservations about the “equity” initiatives in District 97 and District 200 and how they will its implementation will help present and future ethnic generations. They also touch upon how Oak Park, Il is changing in its architecture and its stored skyline faltering. The amount of traffic in these areas where the new condos are going up is staggering and will not change any time soon because the common sense is not there to make those changes.

Obviously, I am not the only person who questions Oak Park, IL’s bullshit and puts the place on blast. If you want to read another dissenting voice in regard to Oak Park, IL just go o the link and give a read:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-17-2019/Things-that-give-me-pause-about-Oak-Park/

Lead Lamp post in the Conservatory room..

How the fuck is there a truck, a semi near the Oak Park Conservatory to hit a light pole and damage it? No, I am talking about the logistics behind this driver’s thought pattern in driving down those narrow ass streets in the first place. I barely can manage it with just a small ass car, the tons of parked cars, the idiots racing through these side streets and the ignorant bastards (young and old) on their iphones walking into traffic.

The damage happened on a Monday when the Conservatory was not opened, and the damage was supposedly still being assessed to the “desert room” which probably suffered due to the recent showers. However, I am just wondering why this truck was allowed to traverse on a side street with its size or weight not being restricted. Oak Park, IL is good at restricting things and I would think this would be one of them. But nope another lesson of common-sense falling on the deaf ears of Oak Park, IL.

Makes me wonder if the village could also expand the Conservatory southward to make sure that such accidents are as minimal as they say this one was. I would say protective barriers around the building but one, that would not help in a case like this, nor would it be fashionable for the residents of the area. But it still leaves you wondering how a “semi-truck” even got down these side streets, freaking nuts.

Here is the link discussing the damage to the Conservatory:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/ct-oak-conservatory-damaged-tl-0926-20190924-i3otlltul5eofa7jxm5qbo4ak4-story.html

Traffic on Oak Park’s bridges

As I stated before traffic is a huge problem here in Oak Park, IL now unfortunately someone has pay for it with their life. The bridges over the I-290 are nothing to play with. You really cannot even blame the driver in this case when reading what happened it is obvious that someone was just rushing to get home and did not see the car.

These bridges are often hard to navigate, and it is no surprise that this has happened now what to do to remedy this problem, is unknown. I have driven through Oak Park, at different times of the day and because it is so congested, many drivers go above the speed limit while many pedestrians believing that these drivers can see them take a chance walking in front of the aforementioned cars. I have done it in downtown Chicago, but I think because it IS Chicago that my awareness is heightened. Meanwhile in Oak Park, in this shitty little village my guard is let down because one believes the false sense of security that the village impermeates into our brains.

Even it reshapes the entire village there must be changes into the walkways, bridges, streets and sidewalks of Oak Park, IL to sensibly construct a village that can be safely travelled. So that accidents as this will not happen again.

This is the article discussing the accident of the Ridgeland bridge:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-11-2019/Oak-Park-man-dies-after-being-struck-by-vehicle/

 

Oak Park, Il is not cool

I read this article about “What makes Oak Park so cool” it read like an advertisement for the village by a bored writer, who just could not find anything to write about. I know the feeling, especially when it comes to Oak Park, IL it gets very boring and mundane. There is nothing “cool” about that. There is a vague description about various things that Oak Park, IL should take pride in.

As we all know Pride is a sin that can lead to folly, or pride can be something that inspires in this article, it is just folly. Yeah, the writer of this article makes great points about Frank Lloyd Wright and the Lake Theatre marquee but it ends there. The writer even stated that if you ask residents here, they would “roll their eyes” well I am glad while there is a “selling” of Oak Park, IL there is an acknowledgment of the lack of “coolness” of the village.

I love how the article talks about the Mayor yada yada, just because someone has “come up” does not mean they are cool or are a fabric of the community or even have its best interests at heart. I could also go on about the traffic, lack of parking, etc., but there are issues that take away from the fact of there being a “cool” Oak park, IL. Again with these issues being ignored Oak Park, IL is miles away from being anything but cool.

Here is the article talking about how cool Oak Park, IL is: https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-12-2019/What-makes-Oak-Park-so-‘cool’%3F/

Oak Park, IL is distracting

It’s so distracting to be in Oak Park, il. The traffic going so slow you can read a book while you drive. The pretentious neighbors who cannot wait to tell you how the world should be viewed and how silly you are if you have a slightly different view. I forget to write altogether or in the timetable that I wish to proceed the writing process with. The whole thing is like a clusterfuck, everything that you have planned, becomes dust in the wind. Even all the energy that you may have had is sucked away like this village is some sort of mythological mermaid, using it’s beauty to suck you in and then dashing you against the rocks of oak park’s harsh reality.

Then you sit in your place at night, wondering how you are dealing with this shit. Possibly could this be karma or if it’s just a bunch of mean-spirited people who present themselves as a gift to God’s green earth and you were just too hoodwinked to see the truth. Again it’s great the state is legalizing marijuana because a lot of us need it or a lot of alcohol to deal with the mind-numbing state of this village.

Hopefully I don’t get pulled over driving home one of these days because the vacant look in my eyes is not from drugs it’s from the soul draining enterprise of existing in Oak park, IL that has created it.

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.

Bar Louie closing in Oak Park,IL

I recently heard that the Bar Louie in downtown Oak Park, IL is going out of business following the Five Guys basically across the street. Almost a year ago the brew house that replaced Szechwan Beijing went out of business as well. The Commercial corridor that Oak Park, iL believes their downtown to be is a literal wasteland of empty storefronts and revolving door businesses. The main issue involved with that is the problematic parking that sucks the oxygen of any dinner plans tourists may have.

I loved the letter that the ill-fated brew house left on the door of their business as they closed, they felt that Oak Park. IL did not assist them when there was the new construction for the condos down the street which played a heavy part in their low foot traffic. Also, I think the fact the business was on the other side of the green line track and “removed” from the initial downtown area did not help either. I took a photo of the letter for your enjoyment, I hope you can read it.

Being away from the downtown area and away from any type of parking also helped in destroying the foot traffic going to this business and probably the old Szechwan Beijing restaurant too. The parking in downtown Oak Park, IL does not in any way allow the customer to freely relax and take their time to shop the various stores in the area. Unfortunately, the parking garage and other various parking alternatives rush one out of the area as soon as possible. A basic “get In” and “get out” travel plan, this does not allow any business in the area (established or new) to grow or even cultivate current clientele or attract new ones.

Although Bar Louie was not a favorite of mine, I will be sad to see another business gone because of a bad location and a village that does not have the business sense to really develop the areas they say they are developing’ but that is Oak Park, IL

Here is the link alluding to the closure

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/2-7-2019/Bar-Louie-space-on-the-rental-market/