This letter is a response to Woody Mosgers [Narrowing Madison: a prescription for frustration, Viewpoints, May 23], who fears the possible narrowing of Madison Street. As a resident of Oak Park, not Galewood, I strongly support the plan to narrow Madison Street to help slow traffic, encourage cycling and promote local businesses. Mr. Mosgers criticizes Forest Park for narrowing Madison Street at Harlem but later heaps praise on that village for "creating an attractive place to do business."
Many believe that the Madison Street businesses in Forest Park would not be doing so well without a narrowing of the street. People can walk and bike without having to contend with the dangers of cars traveling at high speeds. I also favor an improvement of the businesses on Madison, especially between Austin Boulevard and Oak Park Avenue. There are too many hair salons, fast food joints and gas stations. Compare the businesses on Lake Street with those on Madison. How much money has Oak Park spent on downtown Oak Park versus the rest of the village?
Hopefully the village can begin to market Madison and pass ordinances that will promote this part of Oak Park.
Ilhan M. Avcioglu