With deep disappointment, I feel obligated to send this letter. Regrettably, the Village Manager Association (VMA), an organization that once drove some of Oak Park's best new ideas, has nothing (other than personal attacks and innuendo) left to add to the debate in this election.
Recently, there has been much discussion and disagreement about the request for a driveway connecting Dominican University's parking to Thatcher Road in River Forest. The preservation of this open space at the site should be a high priority.
Oak Parkers know that without smart planning and investment, a beautiful vintage home can quickly become outdated. The same is true of our village. When it comes to economic development, Oak Park First rejects the narrow do-nothing approach that others propose, because we believe doing nothing means falling behind.
Dan Haley's recent column about his parking ticket gave the impression that he might need some additional information about village parking rules and regulations ("Pitiful musings of a really crotchety hold man," March 12).
As Oak Park's only village board member not running for higher office or leaving the board after the upcoming election, I find myself in a unique position?#34;a position which provides for additional responsibility.
Recently the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the designation of Oak Park as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations?#34;12 towns from across the nation that have demonstrated a commitment to the revitalization of their community using the principles of historic preservation.
We're old and proud of it. Oak Park has a history, particularly in its architecture, that "other communities would kill for," says Doug Kaarre, the village's urban planner. That's why Kaarre and the Historic Preservation Commission are pushing full speed ahead to protect that history, one building at a time.