Walking in Circles - A Really Big Idea

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By Dave Coulter

Rough Edges

I know there are many readers here in town that look to yours truly for inspiration. Not an easy task I say, but this time I think have stumbled (almost literally) on an idea that could really benefit all of us here in Oak Park - residents and businesses alike! And the idea is free, and it's right under our noses. Well, more specifically, under our feet.

What is it, you ask? I can just see you all inching to the edges of your seats. Oh, this is good.

Surely many of you know that a Continental Divide runs through Oak Park. Notice I said "a" Continental Divide and not "the" Continental Divide. Let's not get too hung up on that point, but rather let the idea seep in to your mind.

Why shouldn't Oak Park take credit for this amazing - if subtle- natural feature? Think of the hundreds of real estate listings that could trumpet "2 BR condo with view of the east slope of a Continental Divide..." And all the restaurants that could cash in on the same idea: "Pigs in a Blanket never tasted better than when perched on a Continental Divide…."

Oak Park touts itself as the home of Hemingway and Wright, two celebrities who frankly couldn't get out of town fast enough. That doesn't seem to stop anyone from trying to talk up their history to their benefit. We have a long tradition of making something out of thin-ish air, and I can assure you the air is at it's very thinnest over our Continental Divide.

It's big as all outdoors, and it's all ours for the exploitation. It's our Continental Divide. See you on the slopes, my friend.

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Dave Coulter  

Posted: April 30th, 2012 1:04 PM

Perfect! A made up route to a molehill :)


Posted: April 30th, 2012 11:50 AM

Very interesting! I'll hop on the Kansas City-Chicago Expressway (aka CKC Illinois 110) and have a look.

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