As someone who has taken advantage of the new developments in town, it would be the height of hypocrisy for me to complain about further developments.

Guess what? I’m going to complain anyway.

The problem with Oak Park isn’t that it is developing the downtown, but that it has “crammed” too many townhouses/condos into too small an area of the downtown. Some of the new townhouses and condos are so jammed into the space allotted them, it looks a bit like a mouth overcrowded with teeth, some of which need to be pulled!

Can’t you try and put up a more modest development across 100 Forest Place? A smaller property will be less of a burden on the taxpayers of Oak Park (c’mon, you know we’ll pay into the scheme in some fashion), add less traffic and gridlock to Lake Street, and will less likely be a crime against the local architecture.

I suppose you have raised taxes and fees so much that the only developers interested in Oak Park are those who build mega-units. Whatever. That’s the price you pay to live in a heavily regulated inner-ring suburb.

The contrast between charming downtown Forest Park and schizophrenic downtown Oak Park continues apace. If you all had just lowered the cost of doing business in downtown Oak Park, the place would have grown organically, naturally, and, probably, more attractively.

Madhu Dahiya

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