The other day I was running errands and was dismayed to find that I had to repeatedly detour to get to my house because barriers blocked off two streets west of Ridgeland from North Avenue. That then makes three blocks in a row. I thought the village had a policy against adding new cul-de-sacs, especially on adjacent streets. If they don't, they should for several reasons:
The people who live off major streets were perfectly aware of the situation and made a choice. If there were some new construction that changed traffic patterns significantly, there might be a reason to change things but that isn't the case.
I live in the area and pay taxes and should have a right to use these streets which were built on a grid pattern.
When one street is blocked off, that just concentrates traffic on other streets, which isn't fair to the residents there. It can create a domino effect as they react to the increased traffic and demand closure.
Many residents of Oak Park are concerned about the deterioration of North Avenue. This is going to accelerate it because I (and I think others) will avoid a street where the traffic backs up too much and they can't turn off. I almost never drive on Roosevelt for that reason. If the customers go elsewhere, there will be more empty stores.
If people are concerned about kids and traffic, the fact is that kids must be taught not to go into streets no matter where you live. It only takes one car for an accident.
If people want to live on private streets they should move to Riverside or some other suburb built on that plan.
Please think in terms of the entire community.
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