Monday evening, the Oak Park village board reviewed the 2005 Downtown Oak Park master plan. This a week after the board had agreed to plunk down a million bucks in scarce TIF funds to buy a building on Westgate that it deemed "strategic" enough to overpay for.
About those crosswalks: The Arts District down on Harrison Street now has fun and, OK, maybe a little gaudy, crosswalks to go along with its collapsed building. The crosswalks are geometric, multicolored, and made out of some sort of plastic bonhomie.
Monday evening I was at Walgreens — the Walgreens, the green Walgreens, the thermo-nuclear-powered one over on Madison. We were there for the essentials. Eye liner. What 15-year-old girl can start the second week of school without new eye liner? And vanilla ice cream. When your wife makes apple pie, you have to be willing and able to go buy vanilla ice cream.
In a drug bust on Harrison Street on Aug. 4, Oak Park police confiscated more than 200 electronic devices — cellphones, fancy calculators, iPods. You know, the stuff we've all been buying for our high school kids. And since the alleged lead miscreant arrested in this case was a student at OPRF High School, the question was immediately raised, "Is that my kid's $179 scientific calculator!?"
What is an orphan? And why is this question being debated on our website? Does the Journal care more about white people who go missing? Or just people well known in the community? Ripped from the headlines of community journalism. Welcome to Oak Park in the summer of 2011.
Just back from vacation and would suggest that the most disheartening aspect of re-entering Chicago from either east or west is the gradual leave-taking from any roll or pitch to the Earth. By golly, this place is dull and flat. No wonder Chicago invented the skyscraper. Anything to break the monotony that stretches from Youngstown to K.C.
I've been following our coverage of Jassen Strokosch's disappearance mainly from the road. We were furiously packing on Thursday morning when I checked my email one last time and saw the first notes of worry. Thanks to our reporters, photographers and web staff for the good job they have done in covering this story.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: Bike riders wake up: We've got a problem. More and more people, all ages and levels of intensity, are riding their bikes around town. Good for them. I'm one of them. But the more bikes there are, the goofier, the more amplified are the mistakes.
Had an email early Saturday from John O'Neill, the chairman of F.C. Pilgrim real estate. He was mortified, he wrote, about how he thought he sounded in a quote at the end of our OakPark.com story Friday following the announcement that Baird & Warner had acquired the 118-year-old, family-owned firm.