Demolishing Hoppe is not progress


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I am a member of the Citizens' Committee for Preserving the 1923 Hoppe Building. I want the Hoppe Building saved from demolition. I would like to relate a story of my youth. When Border's bookstore was still Marshall Field's, my father would take me to Lake Street for an ice cream, a Fannie Mae, or sometimes a movie at the Lake or Lamar theaters. We would leave, always with some treat for the bunnies of what has become known as the Hoppe Building. We would leave scraps of bread crumbs, sugar cones, or popcorn on the sidewalk and under the bushes where the bunnies had their burrows. Sometimes we'd watch the squirrels scamper down the trees and steal the bunnies' treats. We always looked forward to our walk through that garden spot. I am very saddened, and shocked by the "anything in the name of progress" attitude of the Village of Oak Park, that that lovely building and the garden behind it that has existed for more than 80 years are going to be destroyed, possibly as soon as this month.

I ask the trustees to reconsider what they are doing to this area, and the memories they are destroying for countless children in the future.

If you would like to join our cause, e-mail me at
Kathleen Moerschall
Oak Park


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