According to this week’s paper’s lead story by a split vote the Trustees voted to redo South Marion Street. It will cost $5.5 million . Now part of that is for water and sewer replacement. I get that. But another part was for “brick streets,granite sidewalks and a canopy of decorative lights”. I didn’t get that. How much did that part cost? Where does this money come from? Trustee Pope opined that it was better to spend money on streetscaping than giving it to developers. Probably, but are those the only alternatives. The Village could give some of it to me.    

Last year Marsha had an aesthetic hot flash to tear up our tiny backyard, and do some new landscaping. The old back yard was fine with me, but she can be relentless. But that was our money to spend. I gather that bricks and granite and fancy lights cause businesses to want to move to a street. I don’t believe that,but I’m not an expert on streetscaping.  Is there any evidence that that is so? The new Chicken and Waffles restaurant on Madison seems to be doing great, and Lord knows,  there ain’t much streetscaping on that street.                                      

I just don’t get it–spending lots of money on something that doesn’t seem all that important. Especially in these difficult times. I think I’ll go sit out in Marsha’s  beautiful backyard ,and think about this some more.                   

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John Hubbuch

John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...