A Wright alternative

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Alternatives are good. Oak Park is always up for a debate. So a new alternative plan to build a visitors center at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio got its moment when the Historic Preservation Commission met Tuesday night.

The key difference between the Wright Trust plan and one put forward by architect Paul Harding and his supporters is that the latter spares one home from demolition and keeps the additions intact on a second Trust-owned home.

We'd make a single point to those who worry that demolishing one home opens the door to more demolitions in the Wright Historic District: This is an effort to greatly enhance the Home & Studio, a singular, international architectural treasure and tourist hub. Approving this does not open the door for either teardowns, with McMansions following, or brick ranches crammed onto side lots.

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William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: August 29th, 2019 3:54 PM

Oh, so very forceful of you, Bruce. But I really don't care where you live either. Your opinion is yours to express, but you did so in a juvenile, snarkey manner, choosing to reference where Haley now lives, rather than making any valid, coherent point or criticism of his opinion. And frankly, I've had my fill of such stupidity, especially as it references the media, and I called you out on it. So get that, Bruce.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: August 29th, 2019 3:37 PM

Whoa. Junior. Get hold of yourself. That really woke you up from your slumber. Really touched a nerve, hey Junior? You'd think I criticized the flag, motherhood and apple pie, rather than a dyspeptic old editor who lives in Berwyn. You see it's this way Junior. I don't appreciate Mr. Haley advocating for policies that clearly are deleterious to the neighborhood in which I live - and in which you don't nor does Mr. Haley. Get it? So I really couldn't care less how many late nights Mr. Haley (or you for that matter) put in previously listening to our public officials drone on and on. As if that has anything to do with anything. Nor am I inclined to kish Mr. Haley's tuches, as you seem to be.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: August 27th, 2019 5:24 PM

So, Bruce. You're silly, juvenile cheap shot aside, I'm wondering. Have you ever sat up until midnight covering some droning municipal government meeting, like Dan did for years to start a newspaper? Or spent countless hours interviewing candidates for local public office, as he's done year after year after year? Because the guy, agree with him or not - and I've disagreed my share - has spent nearly 40 years covering Oak Park, and doing it in a stellar manner. So really, Bruce, stick your sophomoric observations.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: August 27th, 2019 3:58 PM

The myth that this visitors center has to be right next door to the FLW studio is causing a lot of unnecessary pain. Find a sight within two blocks with less upsetting non-significant tear downs. It is a walking tour to see all the homes anyway.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: August 27th, 2019 3:04 PM

Thanks Dan. Always nice hearing the Berwyn perspective.

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