Dream big, Oak Park

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Bob Stigger's letter in the Sept. 19 Wednesday Journal Viewpoints [Why not consider a brand-new building?] was right on. At some point, it makes sense to consider starting over and building a brand new high school.

In fact, we have the perfect spot for it: Madison Street. Oak Park should dream big to create an "Education District," using all the vacant properties along Madison. The location offers up a chance for our two high schools to invest in shared facilities. It also offers the chance to revitalize a part of our town that has been begging for re-investment.

The current high school land and buildings would be a developer's dream. The athletic fields to the west could be additional public space. A consolidated Madison location for our high schools would allow justification for greater public transit service.

This is a win-win-win for our community. 

Dream big, Oak Park.

Don Anderson

Oak Park

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Corey Gimbel from Oak Park  

Posted: September 26th, 2018 4:23 PM

Ummm, errrr, uhhhh........ I'm faint at the idea(s) espoused in Bob Stigger's 9/19 letter and the support of it in today's Wednesday Journal by Don Anderson (9/26). OPRF is centrally located, it not architecturally significant at least very pleasant to look at and despite its needing a a revamp of the swimming pool somehow it manages to continue to educate each new generation of Oak Park children well, if not cheaply. I shudder to think of the disruption such an undertaking would create. I'm Thinking back to when the library was redone. Then I'm envisioning the chaos inflicted on 4,000 children by this idea. Hearing the potential cost, $250,000,000, just gags me.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: September 25th, 2018 7:11 PM

Yeah. Those 125 foot deep parcels along Madison are perfect for a high school. In 1900.

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