Solar tour in Oak Park, iL

There a was a solar tour just recently in Oak Park, IL … I know ooooooooooooooo. Haha It is just what you think it is basically people come around your home, looking at your solar powered set up and how you are saving the environment by having these panels upon your house and how it saves you money and the environment waste. This is so 1980 it is not funny. I cannot imagine people needing a tour to see how solar power works, nor to understand how it is beneficial to the environment. Is this why the environment is still crappy? Because people still live in this old-fashioned state of mind?

Well, I guess so because when I drive through the village the “picturesque village” does at times still look like a snapshot from the 70s or 80s and that is not always a good thing. Especially from a village that espouses environmental awareness and Frank Lloyd wright as a major contributor to the village’s culture. You, know you would think there would be the hanging gardens of Babylon part two ..somewhere … anywhere. Instead some of these houses look like the houses from the westside of Chicago only with no trash on the ground and no one hanging out in front of them!

But a lot of homes state wide were a part of this event so hopefully it will lead to maybe the village picking up steam and helping the local homeowners to include this initiative to their homes. Maybe even figure out how to give local homeowners tax breaks if they have such equipment added to their homes instead of celebrating the dreary architecture that makes Oak Park, il just so blah! One can dream while reality is in doubt!

Here is the article mentioning the solar tour:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/ct-oak-park-solar-tour-tl-0926-20190924-lcf2ibxej5bddcqktw2oyta6ve-story.html

In case you thought I was just bullshiting here is a link for the Hanging gardens of Babylon:

https://www.history.com/news/hanging-gardens-existed-but-not-in-babylon

 

Bucking the plastic bag tax in Oak Park, IL

I hate the plastic bag fines that Oak Park, Il has in the village. I went to the local Jewel on Roosevelt avenue without any recyclable bags and had to pay the stupid fine for plastic bags to carry my own groceries out. Now it does sound kind of harsh to say “fines” but it is what it is. It is just another way for Oak Park, IL to take in extra cash and tax its residents for something else. If its not overtaxing them on parking permits, then its other services and property taxes that will empty the pockets of the average Oak Park, IL resident.

This tax not only impacts the residents but the renters and tourists that flow in and out of the village. This extra tax although it harkens to the environmental side of one’s being it is still not helpful in reducing the usage of plastic bags in the village. All I have to do in order to bypass this stupid tax is use some common sense and I have all the plastic bags I want or even stuck my nose up to the village government. Also, it is a way to get all the plastic bags I need for my small garbage cans either in my bathroom, bedroom or even for the one near the couch in my living room.

The first way to excise my brainpower and get away from the village tax is easy. GO outside the village limits, for example, one little car ride to the Walmart in Forest Park, IL and I got a store with almost equal selection of goods and most likely better prices. To top it off the plastic bags at Walmart are … free! No taxes!!! Take that Oak Park, IL but that is probably something everyone knows. The second way is only good if you are buying fruits and/or vegetables, because the produce sections is littered with free plastic bags. You know the ones you use to bag your fruits and/or vegetables?

Well just take a couple extra bags and double bag your produce items so that once you are done paying for your groceries in line, you can bag your other items ether in the same bag as the produce or separate. And the best thing about it is no taxes!! Take that Oak Park, IL!

Modern Construction will eliminate “Vintage” wiring in Oak Park, IL

I cannot believe that the local government agencies allow apartment buildings in the Oak Park area to have such crappy electrical set ups for their buildings. I mean there are outlets from the 1950s or maybe 1930s it’s just ancient compared to today’s standards or the new construction that is occurring in downtown Oak Park. It is so scatterbrained, it is like the village is waiting for a major fire to happen before having on a set of standards.

Of course, these vintage set ups are still allowed because renters buy into the illusion that Oak Park’s culture and acceptance into the area’s community is just to “roll with” it. However, this illusion is now being challenged by the new buildings being built in the area, it shows that the new residents are not accepting these old-fashioned standards. In fact, today’s technology of temperature controls, surge protector outlets, and low wattage lights are all pieces of the environmentally friendly message that Oak Park, Il espouses to masses.

But again, the massive contradiction that is Oak Park, Il there is this environmental holier than thou message or fantasy that is pushed by those disillusional hippies here only to be dashed by the reality of the two prolog outlets that pop up in the various dwellings here in Oak Park, Il. The two standards cannot exist side by side, and the more younger renters that come into the village the louder, the more the voices that will request, that will demand newer standards.

The demand for new technology for dwellings to become environ mentally friendly will become prevalent. Change is inevitable for Oak Park, Il and I for one cannot wait to see it happen. The more people who speak up for modern technology the more likely we will be seeing the end of “vintage” wiring in Oak Park, Il.

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/

Where to go in Oak Park, IL to watch the Chicago Cubs win?

So if the Cubs win the World Series are people in the Chicago going to riot I just want to know not because I want a free television (lol) but I wonder what that means for Oak Park, IL? Is everyone going to jump on the bandwagon or what? It’s a shame I do not know where there are some local places to go around here to enjoy the games but again when there are no real businesses that promote such “activities” what you are going to do?

Well go elsewhere, of course, tons of spots inWrigleyville, and all around the city to go to hang out and have a couple of drinks watch the games and get into shape for the eventual meltdown if this IS the year. Unfortunately, because there are no real places that one can go to in Oak Park, Il for these type of things, because it is so quiet, like a crypt ha ha.

Hopefully, I will not get raped, mugged, or simply just jumped coming off one of the cta lines out here in Oak park, Il, after leaving a game, but of course that can “happen anywhere” unfortunately it should not happen here, but alas there is a possibility that it might, a chance that it might. If the Cubs make it to the series I am ready to take that chance and hope that I do not have to park too far away from a train stop on a dark dimly lit street (tons of those in Oak Park, IL).

I guess my main complaint is the lack of Cub “fever” here or venues to play in, I would like stuff to do here that I do not see tons of kids, or pretentious behavior just adults and some fun times. Jesus, sheer boredom on a stick.

Oak Park, IL: Barrie Park environment clean?

I received an article from my reader Nick about the area of Barrie Park and the area being evacuated basically due to toxic materials as listed in this article in 2001: Although it was great that the site was cleaned up it was done mostly because of a fear of lawsuits that would be associated with the contaminated area! Great reason, although true, hearing a whole peace to the world or green peace-themed speech would have been better to supporting the Oak Park, IL image. Even though it took residents a year and a half to get back to their homes I wonder how effective and efficient was the clean up?

This is the article regarding Barrie Park in 2001:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2001-07-01/a-deadly-legacy-of-poisons-from-the-past

This is the article regarding Barrie Park in 2010:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/11-23-2010/The-rebounding-of-Barrie-Park/

However, in 2010 there was an article stating how the area near Barrie Park was fine and cleaned up, this article was more detailed with the amount of time 1999 to 2005 when the park was closed and is great as a compliment to the aforementioned article.  Again this article talks about the declining costs or home values in the area around Barrie Park. The article focused upon the increased focus of community relations and the grants given out due to this “disruption” however there is no true focus upon the environment. While the first article mentions the coal tar, how the waste can eventually mix with water become sulfuric acid then may even release cyanide gas the focus goes towards cost.

My thing is where is the concern for the environment and the impact on the residents as soon as the technical jargon is discussed the articles veer toward money and the façade of a connected community. I am wondering were there any studies regarding the health of the residents in the area? Did the waste get into the groundwater and drinking water of Oak Park, IL? Where is the focus on how the clean-up faired between these two articles?

I ask because I am having a problem finding recent information since the 2010 article, and any place that is so quick to direct focus away from environmental pollution as a cause to the resident health issue or any strange issues that occurs in the environment of that area definitely concerns me as a place to live in. Meaning the people living near this area can be adversely affected health wise on a long term scale but so long as property values and the park looks nice (found articles about that) is the focus whew we are good to go! Again in Oak Park, Il the appearance of it, the illusion of this great environmental suburb healthy and filled with trees and other green crap is what is needed to be sold is what is needed to be heeded and preserved even over the health of its residents.

I mean if something like this occurs there is constant testing done and the issue of pollution is addressed constantly for years to come, on how far the cleanup has had an impact and made the site of pollution better, on a yearly basis. However, there is nothing, so why is that? Is Oak Park, IL being Oak Park, IL again and not focusing on what it should be focusing on again? Yeah, it sounds like I rather err on the side of caution on this one, what do you think?

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