Stop the high-rises, give us back the sky!

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I have lived in Oak Park for nearly 40 years and I am so saddened to see the sky in Oak Park become more and more blocked with concrete and metal. I just read about potential plans to allow yet another high-rise to be built near Austin Gardens. To put it bluntly, I am disgusted. I can't stand the look of the recent high-rises that have taken over downtown Oak Park. Every time I see the Vantage building blocking the open sky, I get so angry. Oak Park has lost so much of its charm in just a few short years. What is going on?! Please stop this madness.

Elizabeth Olympio

Oak Park

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Ada Johnson Tikkanen  

Posted: March 21st, 2017 6:06 PM

Brian - if you are someone who asks that question - then the answer really isn't going to matter to you. The easy way out is throwing up a bunch of "quick cash high rises" in the parts of town which will not benefit most. . As a matter of fact - I don't know why we would feel the need to throw up high rises anywhere. Then ignoring the parts of town which need more density. Density doesn't mean high rises. I posted a link recently which makes that argument.

Brian Souders  

Posted: March 21st, 2017 5:44 PM

Ada, what does that even mean?

Ada Johnson Tikkanen  

Posted: March 21st, 2017 4:33 PM

there are better ways to accomplish density Elizabeth. We aren't a community who should be taking the easy way out.

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