When you're young, you're not aware of the impact a given event will have on your life. And you certainly don't think about one day looking back on any such event nearly four decades later. But this Sunday evening on the Marion Street mall, I'll be doing just thatâ€"watching the Cryan' Shames live for the first time in 39 years.
Barrie Park's grand unveiling took place Saturday, but I didn't get there until dusk. The sunset's afterglow painted the cirrus wisps high overhead, which seemed appropriate. It's been a long time since this park and neighborhood had a rosy outlook.
The second executive director in the 33-year history of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, Aggie Stempniak, is stepping down. She's been in the position nine years, not nearly as long as her more flamboyant predecessor (and agency founder) Bobbie Raymond Larson, but her tenure is a testament to the continuity and stability of this critical village institution.
Sometimes the lack of imagination of our architectural planners and critics astounds me. I was surprised when the Oak Park side of Lake and Harlem was redeveloped that it did not mirror the River Forest Town Center. That would have presented a cohesive look. When it didn't, I was surprised that they hadn't considered the Tudor style of the buildings on Westgate.