Harassment on the streets of Oak Park, IL

Recently at Oak Park and Washington avenues there was a report about a Young girl being harassed by a gentleman in a car who wanted to give her a ride. I told my mother about it and she responded that back in the day guys usually would do that to ask girls out, however nowadays you don’t know what crazies are up to now. But also on the other hand, the girl was 16 and smart enough to report it, the guy probably saw his description on the news and will not try to pick up a younger woman again or at least from his car. But as I said before the kids in Oak Park, IL have to pay attention and get their heads out of their phones at least when they are walking alone down the street.

The good thing was, as creepy as this guy may have been, he proposed this ride from his car (a safe distance from the girl) and it could have been a lot worse, as is the case (in what we read) about most abductions. The silver lining here is that everyone is okay and this can be used as a “lesson” to remind kids and parents that things like this can happen here in Oak Park, Il, therefore when people say, “pay attention to your surroundings” to these kids walking around oblivious. Hopefully this is a message that is not hard to learn and stays with everyone for a very long time.

This is a link that briefly discusses the incident and a description of the suspect: https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/stranger-offers-ride-girl-16-oak-park

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Warning going down Harlem avenue south of Lake street.

 I have not gone down Harlem near Lake street for a while, due to all the construction that goes hand in hand with congestion. However, I went down Harlem to Washington via Harlem avenue and OMG What a shit show that Oak Park, Il has put on for everyone who goes through this area the traffic is immense and chaotic.

Going under that viaduct which got turned into on lane for the holidays was painful and just stupid. It is amazing that the city planners put an “okay” to this project and let it go on during the winter months when traffic will be at its most complicated. Just a warning to anyone who has thought to use Harlem avenue going northward or even southbound via Harlem and Lake street: Just don’t. At least for the time being.

A new traffic worry this summer in Oak Park, Il

I see that parents are letting their kids run the streets in Oak Park, Il which is nice to have that luxury but unfortunately, these kids are Not paying attention to the world around them. As I drove down East avenue, I literally had to drive 7 mph as two young girls under the age of 10 rode their bikes in the street. I should state that they were trying to ride their bikes. They were riding those bikes really shitty, like they could not maintain their balance on those bikes.

I really did not want to end up on the news rolling over two kids because they were riding their bikes like a bunch of fucking winos. We all know it would end being these “poor children” who had no parents around to Instruct them probably on the rules of the road or how important it is to pay attention to the vehicles on the road with them. And the Driver is some evil person that is destroying some “white washed world” with the morals of a serial killer. Please.

And it wasn’t like these Little girls were alone in riding in the middle of the street, yes not the bike lane, middle of the road. There was a family of four that Did the same, around Washington Avenue and Ridgeland. Then a couple more girls riding bikes on Harvey all just free and riding through I saw the last group almost got hit by a UPS truck. It shook them up but hey what can you do I am not their parent. I did shrug my Shoulders as I drove by them, still shocked in disbelief.

If parents cannot teach their kids the ways of the world, the world will, and its Harsh and a bitch. Never mind I am forgetting an important point there were only a few people on the road so I anything happened. Not that many witnesses to see anything happen or call for help. And all the drivers were aggressive as fuck so who knows what state of mind they are in.

Oh, and let’s not forget the pedophiles out there, and you got these kids out there unsupervised. Smh. I guess if their parents don’t Care I care just as much. All I know this has become another issue that I have to bother friends and family about when they travel to visit me. As if construction on Harlem and Chicago is not bad enough or the choking small two (parallel) lanes that haunt the travelers of Oak Park now drivers you have this extra traffic problem for the summer as well. Good luck.