You wouldn’t expect that a project to rethink parking, create new open spaces and spruce up landscaping at a middle school could take four years, run up hundreds of thousands in engineering, reengineering, and multiple traffic studies, sending a whole lot of money right out the door to lawyers.

Especially in River Forest. But now as work at Roosevelt Middle School nears its conclusion that is what the costs all tote up to — about $2 million.

And that doesn’t begin to compute the sledge-hammering of the community psyche as nice, normal, upper-middle-class folks went ballistic on each other. Altogether a very strange interlude in River Forest’s staid history. No one did their best, few people were at their best. We’re just glad it is just about over.  

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