I would like to know why South Oak Park is treated like "an ugly stepchild." I have lived in Oak Park my whole life and I have watched how much attention South Oak Park gets as our streets go from bad to worst. Our streets are not plowed until three days after a snowstorm, the trees are not trimmed on a regular basis, and our streets are not repaired when needed. Take a drive down any side street in Oak Park, south of the Lake Street el tracks, and you will see that the streets are crumbling and the potholes are horrendous this time of year.
The park down from our home, (Longfellow) has streets far worse than any I have seen in Chicago. Small children run across that street tripping on the asphalt that is decaying, cars are hitting potholes that damage their tires. Do we have to wait until someone is hurt before we pay attention to these problems?
Isn't this why we pay property taxes? The taxes on our home in Oak Park have steadily increased over 100% in the 15 years since my husband and I bought my parents' house. We have not expanded, our children are now grown and in a 1,500-square-foot home, we are paying $10,000 a year in property taxes, comparable to those in North Oak Park.
So what am I getting from Oak Park for all those taxes? I am beginning to wonder. It certainly isn't service, that I can guarantee you. After all, the "ugly stepchild" never gets attention.