Looking at the crowd the past two Saturdays at the main library one would have to conclude that Oak Park's jaw-dropping, unparalleled efforts 45 years ago to stop the rapid racial change that had gripped and unhinged Austin — and instead somehow fostered actual racial integration — was nothing more than a lesson in nostalgia.
It's still about a year before Oak Park's new food cooperative, Sugar Beet, will open its doors to the public. But the fledgling enterprise might have taken much longer to get off the ground — and in the ground floor — had it not been for the help of an Oak Park nonprofit committed to responsibly grown food, plus a handful of conscientious local investors.
Although the highly anticipated openings of the Paul Hruby Ice Arena and the pool at Ridgeland Common won't happen until mid-June, Oak Parkers can check out the new synthetic turf field and reopened dog park this weekend. Both amenities will debut Saturday at an event hosted by the Park District of Oak Park.