Friday’s Unity in the Community Rally will hopefully get the ball rolling to answer one very vital question.

But before I get to that question, and many more, just a quick reminder as to what the Unity in the Community rally is all about. Basically it’s a peaceful, non-confrontational showing of support for the Oak Park Arts District and the surrounding neighborhood.

On 11/11/11 at 11:11 a.m. concerned citizens and business owners will begin a march to village hall — a march for answers. November 11, 2011 is exactly three months after the scaffold and plywood were erected to hide the collapsed façade and, apparently, the lack of any reconstruction at Harrison Street and Lombard Avenue.

Once village hall is reached, letters inquiring into repeatedly asked questions that have not been answered will be hand delivered.

Questions about safety issues regarding properties in the district, timelines for resolutions and repair, and knowledge of when businesses can reopen.

Questions affecting daily decisions that business owners are continually faced with, such as lease renewals, property values, public safety and general aesthetics of the district and community.

Questions that up to now have been ignored, falling on deaf ears.

Questions designed to break down the façade and move the neighborhood forward; as an arts district and a community.

So joining the rallyers at the corner of Harrison and Lombard on 11/11/11 at 11:11 a.m. to take a step at answering one vital question.

Why the façade?

Bernie Pitzel
Oak Park

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