Failed Stick up attempt on the border of Oak Park, IL

More Crime on the border of Oak Park, IL and Chicago at Madison and Austin avenues. Does not seem to end however the victim was a concealed gun carrier and managed to shoot one of his assailants to avoid being robbed. Looks like that is what needs to be done to exist in Oak Park, IL, and Chicago, since what really needs to be done i.e.: Economic development is not being accomplished.

Unfortunately, this victim did not get the other scumbags it is bad enough these criminals tried to mug a grown man, could you imagine if this was a woman? Or how about an Older woman (since Oak Park is filled with them) being robbed?

Would that get the two communities working to developing opportunities in this borderline area to stem crime? Would the OP Police force get the equipment, manpower and probably assistance on getting the job done in keeping Oak Park, Il safe like it is advertised?

Most likely. There must be a reallyyyy violent crime to get the attention of the civil leaders of Oak Park, IL to divert their attention away from making money off of high rises to deal with this issue. Then only for about two seconds and then they are back to their money-making ways, while the rest of us must deal with the stark reality that crimes like this actually happen in Oak Park, IL

Here is the brief article that discusses the failed stick up attempt:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-teen-shooting-death-tl-0527-20170527-story.html

 

Oak Park, IL blog might be AWOL (Kentucky) because of a Beer and Cheese Festival

I am going to hanging out with a friend of my mine down in the Lexington, KY area you know summer celebrations (because school is done) and a cousin of mine (Carissa) is graduating from the Eastern Kentucky University. I will miss the actually the graduation ceremony  but I will be down there to help her pack up her stuff (she is a last-minute type person) before but I will be in the area to celebrate too.

She told me of there is a fair about 30 minutes away that we can hang out and party at (I hope). It is a local fest in Winchester, called the “Beer and Cheese Festival”, so I have been doing some research on Facebook and Googling directions and places to go like restaurants, bars stuff like that. I will probably be buying her graduation gift down there as well if I can get away from her for a sec.

Since she is a huge geek and reader I found a place called Unicorn Music and Books that it is the middle of the fest, I do not want to make it obvious either. Plus, the book selection at Walmart, Walgreens, and Sears are not places with a huge book selection neither does it has a comic book selection and collectibles so I will drag her there during the fest. She is a light drinker so it will be easy to manipulate her into going and looking through that bookstore while I shop for her graduation gift.

This means I have to get some food in her stomach (besides cheese: gives her gas) so probably hitting D J’s Bar & Grill, the steak on a bun sounds interesting. So, I have four stops around that area to amuse myself and hopeful my cuz so I may have a gap in posts around that time. Unless I can pull off a miracle.

Oak Park, IL parking plan stupidity

Here is how stupid Oak Park, Il is regarding the parking issue not in the village but around it. The village restricts parking for the residents on the Oak Park side of Austin, like these same residents could not just park down one of the side streets on the Chicago side. The idea that you would regulate even a border street (with the city) is just crazy and greedy.

I am not sure how long something like this has been going on, but it is borderline insanity (pun intended) so on May 8th the village board had meeting to schedule a meeting to discuss this issue in September.

Yup, a meeting to have a meeting to discuss an already complicated issue. Stupid? Yes, but that is Oak Park, IL it is simply a way to kick the issue down the road. Although the idea of partnering with SpotHero or ParkWhiz (mobile parking app companies) is a great idea its seems like a way for the village to pimp out a bit more of Oak Park, IL just like the city of Chicago did with the downtown parking. Of course, now that city is stuck in a 99-year lease without a way out. Maybe Oak Park, Il is looking to do the same…

Click here for the stupidity regarding Oak Park’s stupidity (yeah said twice, because it was twice as nice) regarding parking:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-parking-plan-tl-0511-20170509-story.html

Have a bad situation in Oak Park, IL, the bureaucracy will make it worse

I read an article about how Oak Park, IL’s bureaucracy basically screwed over a family that was trying to recover after a fire to their home. After the Dec. 7, 2016, fire the owner got the ball rolling for rebuilding for him and his family. The owner’s contractor has made mistakes in the plans however in this process, Oak Park, IL uses a third-party vendor to (as they imply) streamline the application and approval/rejection.

So, after the owner got a rejection on the March 22 it was resubmitted then on April 27 the third party approved the application and gave a permit. Only to have it rejected by the village’s building department the next day, meaning that these two segmented departments that one gives the so-called approval process to the other only to have the first department override the latter. That seems to me like Organizational dysfunction, which is what this is.

Regardless of the whole story as mentioned in the article, however, the point is, that even after the situation was mentioned (about the fire) one of the village building representatives stated that once they knew the situation, it got fast forwarded. However, another one, the director of development customer services, stated that all cases (no matter the circumstances) are managed “in the same queue” and that the owner could have paid a double fee to get himself pushed up to the front of the line. NICE.

I can really, feel the empathy from the director of what???? “development customer services” to justify the dysfunction with you can be double charged, even after your fire, a fee to lead probably more dysfunction…. just so ignorant. Oh and the Oak Park Chief Building Official stated that only two or three new construction projects are “done” a year….. I see why due to all the red tape residents must go through for their construction projects who the fuck would bother? Unless they were backed with a developer and tons of money to grease the wheels further like the projects downtown, people like this unfortunate owner get the runaround and ignorance thrown at them.

Oh, I did note in this article the village representatives mentioned that the owner’s architect could have come into the village in person to “work out the problems” sounds like under the table, corruption type shit to me. Why? Because if they can email the plans to the third-party vendor as the Oak Park representatives mentioned in the article why could they not email the architect about the problems with the plans?

This to me is a great reason why not to buy property within Oak Park, Il there is crazy restrictions, red tape and corruption all over this village. The residents obviously put up with it and keep voting corrupt officials who perpetuate this situation and with them being part of the problem, I am sure that what happened to this homeowner has happened before and will again.

Click here for the stupidity that Oak Park, IL has it regards to be rebuilding especially after a fire:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-12-2017/Family-displaced-by-fire-says-Oak-Park-made-rebuilding-frustrating/

Oak Park, IL wants you to reduce your Carbon footprint…. Yeah, good luck with that.

Okay someone sent me an old article regarding reducing possessions to lessen our “carbon footprint” this is actually, not a bad idea in theory. As most name brand (like Nike) clothes, are made in Vietnam and we spend a lot on such items. But do you really think this idea is a reality in Oak Park, IL???

I get my feet stepped on by kids existing in their I-pads at Walgreens at Lake and Harlem, the Village trustees are “modernizing” Downtown Oak Park, IL rapidly and half the parents I see on the streets are just absorbed into whatever “product” they want to buy that they ignore everything under the sun even their own kids.

I did love the article and I make sure the clothes I buy are usually made in America or somehow support local business and artists. I gave up on national brands long ago, like Nike, Abercrombie, etc. and if I do rock something from a chain store unless its underwear I hold off until I find clothing that does not help corporations prolong sweatshops and reduce local jobs.

 

Click the link for the article I was briefly discussing here:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/4-11-2017/Less-‘stuff’-lessens-our-carbon-footprint/

To understand how you can reduce your Carbon Footprint look at some of these sites:

http://www.carbonfootprint.com/

25 tips to reduce your Carbon footprint:

http://cotap.org/reduce-carbon-footprint/

Construction in Oak Park, IL part 10,1793,000 and something

There is another development under consideration next to “downtown” Oak Park, Il and the Downtown Oak Park Board (yeah there is such a thing) is all behind it. As this writer understands that Oak Park, Il is forcing high rise developments into its downtown area without thinking further down the road. The amount of traffic in the area is ridiculous and there are simply not enough resources (parking) to deal with the “modernization” movement that is occurring.

It maybe this movement is unstoppable however it is without through planning even though I bet the Village Planner (yes there is one of those as well) is probably wetting his willy over the thought of additional side cash coming the local government’s way. Of course, it may not be the best thing for all those involved and it may cause more problems than solutions.

Even Chicago modernized quickly after it was founded and then the Chicago fire happened, changing the landscape entirely. Maybe the “fire” here for the residents to get off their asses and see the issues brought up with all the developments and lack of village planning IS the increasing amount of traffic in the area and the higher taxes (assessments) that go with high rise developments likes this.

The article about looking realistically at the construction in Oak Park, IL click here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/lifestyles/ct-oak-column-sassone-tl-0518-20170511-column.html

The original article for the 18-story Albion tower click here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-downtown-tl-0504-20170502-story.html

 

Happy Memorial Day from the Oak Park, Il blog!

Memorial Day in the United States was first started to honor American Civil War veterans in the Union, then extended further to all those who fallen during military service during World War 1 but It did not become an official holiday until 1971!

I know right, WTF??? Remembering people who have given their lives for freedom and basic human is very important, and today is a day that gives us all a chance to remember them and be thankful.

These are some links that discuss more about Memorial Day:

While you are partying it up on Memorial Day thank a veteran!

Multiculturalism in Oak Park, IL… there’s some not a lot!

I have discussed multiculturalism in Oak Park, IL and how some say they want it but resist change, that is part of why Chicago is one of the most segregated cities in America. Recently without much fanfare, there was a multi-cultural event in Oak Park, IL yes, that means someone is doing something about the inclusive nature here and presenting the various types of cultures to the people of Oak Park, Il. No matter what. I would like to see events like these get the “hype” like the “Hemingway” area does or special events like the “Wright runs” that occur time to time.

Now at the Oak Park library, they have acquired an article of multicultural significance for people (educators mostly) to check out and present to the public, and recently they had the 37th Annual Ethnic Festival and World Languages Day at Julian Middle School with a collection of the acquired material on display. Usually being an adult, and with no kids except nieces and nephews I do not pay attention nor know about this type of events that happen on school grounds. However, I am glad there was a slight mention of this type of event because of the area of Oak Park, Il needs more exposure to various cultures and languages I think it would do not only the kids some good but the older residents as well.

Knowing more about people who are different than us, means we can co-exist with them we can gauge similarities and differences with a level head instead of from a point of moral superiority. Maybe in the future Oak Park, IL will promote this type of event more, so that the people here can grow and understand other communities and cultures better. By opening one’s mind up to other communities one become less inclusive, change the mindset what exists right now, in Oak Park, IL maybe even for the better.

Here is the article that discusses the newly acquired collection and the 37th Annual Ethnic Festival and World Languages Day: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-9-2017/At-Ethnic-Fest,-Multicultural-collection-stands-out/

Taco Bell coming to Oak Park, IL on Madison Ave pt dos

Remember how I mentioned that the residents should just accept the new Taco Bell that is coming on Madison Avenue there was one resident who posted an impassionate plea to oppose this development. This author talks about the “family values” and how this proposal would ruin property values or push all other local smaller, businesses. The article states that on May 17, the Village Zoning Board listened to the proposal from Representatives of Taco bell to build on the purposed site at 7 pm.

Now I must admit I am kind of pissed someone is messing with a late night fix like Taco Bell, but this person has a point, Oak Park, Il is losing its identity, something I have always bitched about, plus local businesses give an area that personal touch and are more likely to listen to their customers (otherwise they go out of business). Now I do not know what family “values” they are talking about and I am pretty sure we are all guilty of eating at McDonald’s regardless of how we were taught that such corporations “bring down a community’s values” yada yada.

Some communities would be happy with a Taco Bell or McDonald’s some places in this area, hell in this country that consider Taco Bell an anchor for their small town, and any argument or thought that any economic development in their area is slight on their values or community standing. Trust me, I have seen it. However, Oak Park, IL say it’s different, haha.

Have they not seen what is happening to the downtown area?

Have they have heard about the Albion development?

Austin Gardens?

The list goes on and on this is the new path of modernization that this little shitty village is on. However, this is America, and if someone wants to speak up responsibly and protest that is their right. You just don’t do it with a smart ass attitude and “holier-than-thou” sense of morals that Taco Bell is beneath Oak Park, IL. Just state you do not want it in your area with facts, not because you are better than the South side of Chicago, Melrose Park, or even Canton, Ohio, just say you do not want that shit in your area. For all of you that did not want it in your area did you go to the oppose the Village Zoning Board on May 17th and give them a fuck full? Were you real about why you don’t want them there, or did you will come off sounding delusional? Probably not.

Here is the article talking about (briefly) the opposition to the Taco bell coming (yes it is) to Madison Avenue:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-9-2017/Join-us-in-opposing-Taco-Bell-on-Madison/

A Frank Lloyd Wright themed bar in Chicago, not Oak Park, IL!!!

I have always said that the village of Oak Park, IL should try to do something that is small business related to their so-called legendary heroes of Hemingway and Wright. But a Heisler Hospitality and Jim Meehan collaboration will do so, in… Chicago’s loop! They are bringing a bar that pays tribute to the architecture of Frank Floyd Wright in the loop, taking away any chance or originality on the part of anyone in Oak Park, Il coming behind them and doing right or even first.

This is a great way to bring recognition to the Wright name once again to a younger crowd who may not even pick up a history book or believe that architecture is boring as hell, this brings it up a notch. This is just in time for the Wright’s 150th birthday this way people outside of the Architecture world and Oak park, Il can learn about him and after a couple of drinks celebrate his great architecture. Plus, there is a chance to get a free tour of some of the architecture designed by Wright in Oak park, Il

Click here for the Article that talks about the Frank Lloyd wright inspired bar in the Loop:

https://www.timeout.com/chicago/blog/a-frank-lloyd-wright-inspired-bar-is-coming-to-west-loop-this-summer-051017

Win three trips to some Wright designed houses in oak park, Il:

https://www.timeout.com/chicago/blog/celebrate-frank-lloyd-wrights-150th-birthday-with-free-tours-at-three-chicago-area-homes-042417