I think this single change will allow for all of the following: Improve the quality of life for the villages, OPRF and Fenwick High Schools, the students who play competitive sports at the High Schools, the children who dream of playing when they reach high school, the time-challenged parents of the above, the local business community and all those in favor of creating a shared, diversified community experience.
Since the senseless murder of UIC Professor Peter D'Agostino last Wednesday, nerves in southeast Oak Park are raw. On a normal weekend, there would be kids playing, dogs barking, and people gardening and washing cars and talking. But this Sunday, due to heat or fear or both, the kids are inside, the cops have disappeared, and the streets are deserted save for the occasional dog walker. Today, my dog is the only thing that forces me outside.
I enjoyed Drew Carter's article concerning a "larger Madison Street vision" ("Neighbors ask Schiess for larger Madison St. vision," June 22). It contained a reasonable reflection of the issues that must be addressed at a community-wide level. However, there is one point that was made by architect John Schiess that was misleading.
Teresa Blomquist's letter ("D200 board should remember this is OP, not Wrigleyville," June 22) calling for the rejection of lights at the OPRF High School stadium is part of a well-orchestrated effort by a small but vocal group of neighbors to distort and obfuscate an issue of importance to present and future students of the school.
It is clear now with the recent revelation that the Whiteco development is forcing us to build yet another huge parking garage that the Trapani administration made a colossal last minute mistake in ramming through the Whiteco agreement. As the cost to taxpayers of this monumental error of judgment continue to escalate, it is time to for the new village board to rescind the agreement.
Thanks for Ken Trainor's column ("The miracle of dialogue creates a greater good," June 15) and for Greg Black's letter ("Rights to life, choice, shouldn't be held equal," June 15), both of which managed to capture some of the social and moral complexity of our culture.