Is this demolition of historic Westgate what the people want for the village of Oak Park? It is listed as “significant” on the Historic Preservation Commission’s 2005 Downtown Oak Park Architectural Survey approved by the village board. This is another example of a VMA-sponsored board intent on redevelopment at any cost to the uniqueness and historic nature of Oak Park.

It will take a village to change Oak Park’s direction towards thoughtful economic development. A good start is to vote April 7 for the It Takes a Village candidates: Schwab, Jonas, Samuels, Franklin, Patchak-Layman.

Kathy English
Oak Park

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