Marion Street Mecca: The pricey redo of North Marion Street has been oversold by the village as having created a retail Valhalla. To be sure, we shouldn't overreact to the news and the For Lease signs indicating that three storefronts on the block are going up for rent.
People keep asking, "How was your vacation?" Not an illogical question when one disappears from work for a week in summer, turns on the email auto response and changes the personal greeting on one's voice mail.
Nobody cares about Journatic, a colleague said to me Monday. Then he allowed that maybe 200 people in all of Chicago, mainly local news folks, cared about Journatic. I say you add in the devoted Tribune haters and very quickly you're over a thousand people who care about Journatic.
Oak Park will soon be the only destination for Apple aficionados between Oak Brook and the Clybourn Corridor as a longtime Apple-affiliated retailer and service provider will open an Apple store on Lake Street just west of Oak Park Avenue, a location previously occupied by Baird & Warner Real Estate.
What could he possibly mean? To "Oak Park it." I don't believe that Peter Barber, president of the board of District 97 elementary schools, was handing out hosannas recently when he talked about the district adopting the International Baccalaureate program and strongly suggested it was probably a pretty good program just as it is.
"There are two kinds of people in this world," I wisely told a colleague this week. "Those who wash their fruit and those who do not." She looked at me as if she wished she had not brought up the subject of fruit washing during our weekly staff meeting, where I pulled containers of Whole Foods organic fruit out of a bag.
When you hitch your hopes for economic development almost entirely to fancy brick streets, light bulbs hanging over the street and "water features," then you better get some payback from property owners in the form of new retail tenants, the activity they create and the sales taxes they generate.
Two or three minutes from now, depending how fast you read, you'll be glad this column maxes out at 550 words – 600 if I push the designers. Because you see this column is all about us. And the editorial prizes we just won. By implication it is about just how great we are at this end of the pencil. But by using a metaphor — or maybe its called a simile, or foreshadowing — I'm going to try and convince you that by reading this really outstanding newspaper every week, it reflects well on you and that you, in fact, are the greatest.
I tuned into last week's Oak Park village board meeting out of sheer perverseness. Wanted to see how the board would extricate itself from the "Let's Kill the Pigeons" straightjacket the public health board had wrapped village trustees in.
As finals week wraps up at Oak Park and River Forest High School, I have come to the end of year two of dropping our daughter off at the high school. This is a situation I never thought to have found myself in. After all we live less than a mile from the school and when I was a boy, etc., etc.