At a recent weekly meeting of the Oak Park steering committee mulling the future of downtown's "superblock," a modest crowd gathered and gave testimony for over two hours on issues ranging from whether to re-open the Marion Street mall, to the historical merit of the Tudor-style buildings on Westgate.
You know how you get that feeling that while things are OK for now, something bad is about to happen? Like when the Cubs are leading by a run in the 9th inning, but the St. Louis lead-off man walks? Or when the cop car pulls up behind you? Or when a little puddle appears in the basement after it rains?
Don't get us wrong. Regional cooperation among local governments is a good thing and the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center is a prime example. This is the venture that links police, fire and medical dispatchers in Oak Park, River Forest, and most recently, in Elmwood Park. Municipalities working together should save money and time, allow use of up-to-date technology, and, provide good service to taxpayers.
Outdoor theater in Austin Gardens is over for another summer. Festival Theatre continues to hobble forward, hamstrung by a lack of funds and a stubborn refusal to get creative with their ticket pricing. But this year, they did one thing right: They offered options.
In the Aug. 10 Wednesday Journal ("Loss of Bank One parking lot nips nearby sales"), it was reported that I had spoken with village trustees regarding the lack of parking in the downtown retail area. In fact, I have not spoken with any village trustees, nor have attempted such, nor did I comment that I had.
Your sensationalist front-page treatment of a story on perceived personnel issues within the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center was lacking in context and perspective, and may have created unnecessary fear among residents who someday may need to call 9-1-1 for help ("Overtime up, morale down at police/fire dispatch center," Aug. 17).
I live on the block where John Schiess has already leveled a building on Madison and now the neighbors are engaged in the game playing going on to try to get Mr. Schiess to build something that takes a little creativity and actually adds to the neighborhood.
Dear Dan, My friends tell me you have recently attacked me in your newspaper ("VMA is whining, new board's weaving," Aug. 10). Since I don't read your paper, I must rely on their descriptions of what you said.