Oak Park village trustees made right decision on Comcast project

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I want to congratulate and thank Oak Park's village trustees for acting on their convictions and approving the Comcast project, making the right decision for Oak Park in the face of intense pressure. This long-term commitment to a significant and highly meritorious affordable housing project is an important statement about who we are as a community.

My wife and I moved to Oak Park 23 years ago, in large part because it was important to us to raise our children in a diverse and welcoming community. Our children are now young adults, and one of the things of which we are most proud is their respect for, and lack of prejudice towards, others who are different from them. We think that growing up in Oak Park has had a lot to do with developing that attitude toward the world.

Every generation has its own battles to fight, but there is also a common thread. While we still have a long way to go, we have come a long way toward overcoming prejudice in our own time. Decisions like this move us further along that track, and that is of fundamental importance.

I have spent my professional career representing people who live in poverty. I have seen the effect that prejudice and fear have in diminishing their opportunity to lead meaningful and productive lives. I have also seen how people can overcome their fears and prejudices when confronted with new realities.

In time I believe that the great majority of people who live in the neighborhood will come around and appreciate that not only was the Comcast project the right thing to do, but that it has contributed positively to their neighborhood and helped to maintain Oak Park as a vibrant community.

Dan Lesser
Oak Park

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alaCartoon from OP  

Posted: June 9th, 2011 11:11 AM

Laff-ordable Housing! Another possible viewpoint from alaCartoon.com http://alaCartoon.com

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: June 8th, 2011 3:07 PM

Waldo, disagee but don't be disagreeable. And watch your language.

Gotta Move OUt  

Posted: June 8th, 2011 2:41 PM

Waldo...Please remember that if one is making 26K, that person is usually only bringing home roughly 1400/month.

O P Rez  

Posted: June 8th, 2011 2:14 PM

Everything is gonna be alright people. Let the process continue.......


Posted: June 8th, 2011 1:07 PM

If you were makeing 26K a year, you would just move into any apartment in oak park. This is not the Costco of apartment building where you get the best price for the same thing. Thinking that this building will be made up of all working class people making just under the cut line is the most unrealistic and again I say ignorant statement you can make.

Where's Waldo?  

Posted: June 8th, 2011 12:15 PM

I just want to point out once again to all the limousine liberals on here that $26,000 per year is NOT poor and does NOT place someone in poverty. As long as you opponents keep your heads up your asses, all you'll keep smelling is crap.

Compare Business Districts...  

Posted: June 8th, 2011 12:13 PM

Would the author also support building this same project at Lake & Forest? That area, like Madison, is a "business district." Guessing probably not...Let's tally this up: Heated sidewalks and bricks for North Side business districts vs. housing projects for South Side business districts...That about sums up what those in North Oak Park think is "fair"...


Posted: June 8th, 2011 12:01 PM

I'm guessing that OP Rez actually works for the developer. It's the only way to explain his fan boy ideology.

O P Rez  

Posted: June 8th, 2011 11:15 AM

Everything(one) will be juuuust fine. Relax.


Posted: June 8th, 2011 9:47 AM

Prejudice and fear, try ignorance mixed with no common sense.


Posted: June 8th, 2011 9:08 AM

Dan, thanks for the lecture and suggestion that prejudice was the real driver behind opposition. Gloating over your victory and telling people how they'll feel when it's all done doesn't help heal deep wounds in the neighborhood. Go back to your smug little corner of NE Oak Park and gloat some more.

O P Rez  

Posted: June 8th, 2011 7:46 AM

Can we let the project move forward already. Geeesh. Yada Yada Yada


Posted: June 8th, 2011 7:07 AM

NO WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted: June 8th, 2011 1:52 AM

Dan, I believe in the ideology of helping the less fortunate, but I don't believe that the comcast project is the way to do that. Like many others in OP, I feel that the model of mixing people of different income levels in the same developments is the way to truely inagrate people, not putting all the poor people in one building. OP history has shown that mixing income levels has worked here. Concentrating poverty has proven to be disasterous to residents in and around similar projects.

O P Rez  

Posted: June 8th, 2011 1:04 AM

I will 2nd that. Oak Park is so ready for this type of development. Yes We Can!

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