Downtown Oak Park recognized by International Downtown Association

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Downtown Oak Park has been recognized by the International Downtown Association as "Downtown of the Month" on the association's website for the month of April.

DTOP is the third organization to receive this recognition.

"When selecting Downtown of the Month we consider two major factors: commitment to best practices and diversity of organization," Kevin Moran, IDA communications and information services manager said in a news release. The mission of the International Downtown Association is to connect diverse practitioners who transform cities into healthy and vibrant places.

 "Downtown Oak Park demonstrated a commitment to best practices through their programming and strategic collaborations. We also like to demonstrate that practitioners are doing great work in downtowns of all sizes, across North America (and beyond), and Oak Park is a great example of a smaller organization making a large impact."

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Jane Hedges from Oak Park, Il  

Posted: April 18th, 2013 2:56 PM

Congratulations to down town Oak Park!

Proletariat Member #51,239 from PopeandJohnsonville  

Posted: April 17th, 2013 8:33 PM

Mr. Bankes may want to wipe his nose as there is something brown on it....

Steve Bankes from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 15th, 2013 4:44 PM

Congratulations to all who have contributed to a fabulous downtown!

Steve Bankes from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 15th, 2013 4:43 PM

Anyone else completely bored by anonymous posters like "Proletariat Member #51,239 from PopeandJohnsonville"? Why does the WJ allow anonymous idiots?

Proletariat Member #51,239 from PopeandJohnsonville  

Posted: April 13th, 2013 1:00 PM

Apparently "commitment to best practices" includes refusing to open your TIF books and spending a ton of money on lawyers to keep the school districts from seeing how you spent the TIF money. If so, we should win the award for best downtown ever!

Ray Johnson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 13th, 2013 4:51 AM

Congratulations to everyone from DTOP for this recognition. Many of us know we have a great downtown and its great to see recognition from outside experts.

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