The Myth Of Oak Park Diversity

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By John Hubbuch

We are very proud of our diversity, but it's a myth.  Now we do have racial diversity. We used to have economic diversity, but rising taxes and home prices have made Oak Park a  much more expensive place to buy or rent. Even in south Oak Park a starter home costs $300,000 and 20 percent down is $60,000. Not an easy number to make as a down payment.                

Most significantly, Oak Park has very little political diversity. Color us as blue as the deep blue sea. Every precinct in town voted for Obama. I counted 4 McCain signs in the 2008. Gay marriage, environment, gun control, affirmative action --our  political opinions are monochromatic. We watch Rachel and we read Maureen.                                             

So if you value diversity we need to get more conservatives to move here. In an ideal world, we would attract George Will or David Brooks conservatives, but articulate, reasonable conservatives are hard to come by. And they are already living in places like Winnetka. So we may have to be satisfied with more red necky conservatives. Now this is not going to be easy, but no one ever said diversity was easy. I'm counting on cutting edge thinking from our leaders-- the Oak Park way. Some possibilities might include: pilot a creationism unit in one of the junior highs; emphasis on family , but downplay the two mom, two dad thing; and the number of churches (conservatives are big on God.)  

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4 Freedom from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 5:32 PM

I had this same sentiment recently. Oak Park is barely accessible for an average family. A few years ago, you wouldn't believe how many people told us not to move here because of the taxes. We basically live in a hole but love the urban accessibility. Times must be changing, though. I am Libertarian not blue.

Oak Park Conservative  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 1:54 PM

Just one more comment, this on affordability. Every $100 increase in property taxes reduces the value of a home one can finance by $21,015. John, do you like higher taxes or more diversity?

Oak Park Conservative  

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 1:44 PM

Sorry John. But, you can't have it both ways. In your last column, you told folks, generally fiscal conservatives I assume, who complain about rising taxes to move. I saw you as reasonable. I was, sadly, wrong. You represent that same liberal pretentiousness so common now. That is, welcome unless we disagree with your opinion (sat, Chick fil A?). Maybe this type of liberal sentiment is just an undeveloped attempt at "being like Limbaugh." That's sad.

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