When you pull a permit to replace your porch and are told it must be strong enough to hold the weight of a tank, you’ve been Oak Parked.

When you pick up your child after school and there are more nannies than children in the schoolyard, you’ve been Oak Parked.

When you are at the gym and there are more people on their cellphones than exercising, you’ve been Oak Parked.

When there are more cause flags than American flags on your block on the Fourth of July, you’ve been Oak Parked.

When people complain their real estate taxes are so high they may have to move, and then describe their latest expensive vacation, you have been Oak Parked.

When coronavirus is in the air and the entire community bands together to help each other … you have certainly been Oak Parked.

Gary Mark Belenke

Oak Park resident for 34 years

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