Why are these four blocks stuck with a race track?


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Why were the 100-400 blocks of south Ridgeland selected? These specific blocks are between Madison and Lake Streets. There are no parking lane lines on these blocks, but from Lakes Street north, there are.

And just these four blocks have no parking each day from 7-9 a.m. and from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Yet, other main streets such as Chicago and Oak Park Avenues are not restricted in the residential areas. This means guests and service people are ticketed if they park in front of these homes during the no parking ban.

Are there any tax breaks or any compensation given for these restrictions? No! Just these four blocks are designated on Ridgeland, yet the traffic comes from the south and goes farther north and vice versa.

Just wondering, why?

Also, attention NASCAR buffs. There is no need to go to Joliet and pay entrance fees to see races. Just come over to the four blocks on south Ridgeland and you will see all kinds of races: cars vs. cars, cars vs. trucks, trucks vs. motorcycles, etc. Just sit on any of the open front porches, have front row seats, and pay nothing!

The speed of the vehicles is unbelievable so it is advised that you can watch from a good distance away.

I'm not sure I would want a child of mine to walk to school on these blocks. In fact, it is dangerous for all pedestrians.

Is it necessary for Oak Park, which is advertised as a quiet, reserved residential village, to have a race track?

Just wondering, why?

Homeowners on these four blocks pay high taxes. They keep up their properties. And truthfully, they are all very nice people. Is there a reason they were chosen.

Just wondering, why?
Grace S. Rarity
Oak Park

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