After years of neglect, Downtown Oak Park (DTOP), especially Marion and Westgate streets, need tender loving care, not constant disruption. A Wednesday Journal editorial (Dec. 19, 2001) resolved, "By the end of 2002, the majority of capital improvement and economic development work village-wide will near completion so residents can savor a little peace and quiet in 2003." When can we expect this tranquility?
The exaggerated promises of higher taxes from a few dense developments have never had an impact on our real estate taxes, schools, etc. There are numerous studies that have proven that the additional costs to a municipality for these developments typically wipe out any increases.
I would like to comment about the statement made by the Plan Commission member, Penny Wallingford, that there should be a moratorium on townhouses because now the village "has enough of them" [Do townhouses really benefit village? How could you tell?, News, Sept. 21].
We are residents of the 800 block of South Grove Avenue and share the concerns of many homeowners on this block affected by the special use permit recently submitted to the village Zoning Board by the Community Bank of Oak Park-River Forest. This bank has requested a special use permit to authorize the use of our alley as the only access to their proposed drive-up banking facility, including a 24-hour ATM.
Need development lead necessarily to discord and animosity? Rare is the individual who welcomes an ugly wall, traffic, noise or bright lights in her backyard. Obviously we all want quiet, safe homes conveniently located near thriving business. But just as obviously we all want those businesses to be far enough away that we don't notice them while eating breakfast or playing with our kids in the backyard.
While we understand John F. Murphy's concern regarding the appropriate use of education funds [Achievement gap isn't solved by hiring teachers for the talented, Viewpoints, Oct. 12], we must voice our strong disagreement to his argument.
Within the past several months, I had the need to put up both international and out-of-state visitors. Since I only have a small, one-bedroom apartment, I had to locate a nearby hotel/motel. The only hotel/motel in Oak Park was booked for weeks. The only other nearby suburban location was on Mannheim Road in Stone Park?#34;where I would not have placed Katrina evacuees! My only viable option was downtown Chicago.
Mary Margaret Haskins Jacobs, 88, Painter, mother of 13 John Brebner, 89, Engineer, avid sailor Gwen Byars, 80, Lived 65 years in Forest Park Elaine Miller, 93, OP Senior Club member Lucille Phillips, 95, Oak Park Hospital volunteer
We first ran this story on Oct. 31, 2001. With Halloween upon us again, we thought it would be fun to take another look at how we celebrated Halloween in years past. Some of our sources, like the wonderful Bud Corry, have since passed on. Happily, memories of peopleā"and long past eventsā"remain.