The presentations at the Downtown Oak Park Steering Committee meeting Sept. 20 reaffirmed many of the reasons I chose to move to Oak Park over 10 years ago. There is no shortage of community interest in this village for our under-performing downtown area, and no shortage of creative schemes on how to fix it. Moreover, there is certainly no shortage of passion.
The various proposals and visions presented at the meeting of the Steering Committee last week (Sept. 20) included creative and thoughtful recommendations about attracting shoppers, preserving meritorious historic buildings, and increasing density to sustain economic development. I applaud the hard work of our fellow citizens who presented their ideas.
We are writing in response to a Sept. 6 letter from Jay E. Kreuzer, executive vice president and chief executive officer, Resurrection West Suburban Hospital (RWS), delivered to the homes of some people.
Needless to say, we're going to Chicago a cappella's concert on Saturday, October 1, at 8 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St. (800/746-4969). The theme of the concert is "human beings' obsession with food." Bingo! They promise us a "wry but heartfelt look," which implies a certain ironic distance from the subject that we would find refreshing, in contrast to the mindless lunging for donuts that we have been practicing of late. On somber reflection, the only musical composition that we can think of that might be included in their program, which they've titled The Musical Food Groups, is "Beans, beans, the musical fruit..." Do you suppose they'll include it, because it's so obvious? Or leave it out, for the same reason?