Village board inconsistent on demolitions

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It was with great amazement that I read the Wednesday Journal report on the actions of the Oak Park Village Board denying the demolition of the two aged structures on Pleasant Street. They now stand out as an aesthetic intrusion to a well-kept block of 1920s apartment/condominium buildings. (It is like a person broadly smiling and exposing a gap of missing teeth.)

At the same time, a historic and architecturally pleasing structure is given the death sentence due to its proximity to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio. While I can understand the demolition, considering the importance and needs of the foundation, I still find it ironic that we save the ugly ducklings and demolish others without regret.

Jack W. Strand

Former chairman, 

Oak Park Landmarks Commission

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