Just last year, most merchants didn't want to restreet the Marion Street mall


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It is interesting to see the signers of "Superblock plan should be supported" [Viewpoints, Oct. 26]. Their letter neglected to mention the possible Marion Street mall restreeting. Five of the signers voted against the restreeting in 2004:

 Susan & Mickey Baer (A Matter of Style)

 Joseph Bianco and Michael Thorp (Carriage Flower Shop)

 Bob & David Zavell (Kite Harbor)

 Suemei Luo (Luo's Peking House)

 Adriane Kopecka (The Rocking Horse Boutique/Bugaboo Shoes)

In November 2004, Mickey Baer initiated a survey which showed that 16 of 22 owners were against restreeting:

Survey of DTOP Marion St. Business Owners, Proposal to Restreet Marion

 The Competitive Foot - Against

 Prairie Bread - For

 Café Minou - Against

 King & I Restaurant - Against

 Sandra Ross Salon - Against

 Kite Harbor - For

 Spauldings - For

 Crescent Moon - Against

 Luo's Peking House - Against

 A Matter of Style - Against

 Kelley Frame Company - Against

 Schereck Design - Against

 The Rocking Horse Boutique - Against

 Scratch & Sniff - For

 The Mad Potter - Against

 Abrahamsons' Furrier - Against

 Carriage Flower Shop - Against

 Discount Store - For

 Shirtworks - For

 Antiques - Against

 Fitzgerald's - Neutral

Total: 5 For, 16 Against, 1 Neutral

The business owners' restreeting concerns range from safety to security. They listed "adverse economic impact during the construction phase. Clients go elsewhere. Businesses will fail." They also cite the loss of unique charm, traffic congestion and noise pollution. Thirteen trees will go.

A peaceful pedestrian mall could be a thing of the past. Is this what Marion Street business owners and Oak Park residents want?

Barbara Alexander Mullarkey

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