Previous Clarence homeowners not who resident describes


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In the 14 years I have lived on the 500 block of South Clarence Avenue, it has been my privilege to have known several former owners of the property at 525 Clarence that is the subject of your "Smelly Onion" article ("'Smelly Onion' tales," Homefront, March 23).

Contrary to the opinion attributed to the current owner, I would not characterize any one of these people as an "asshole" because they lacked the resources or the know-how to rehab a decades-old house to the standards of the very wealthy individuals now buying into an Oak Park real estate market that has tripled in value since I moved in.

The only thing smelly about this situation is the ignorance and disrespect the current owner displays in his comments about our former neighbors, and your editorial staff's lack of judgment in publishing this offensive drivel.

Howard Larkin
Oak Park

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