August 8th, 2020 1:32 AM
On May 31 and the nights following it, Oak Park PD stood up, and protected this village and the residents living within it. They have done so with dignity, respect, and equitable consideration for the residents and citizens living within the bounds of where where we are housed. Thank you, Oak Park PD, for everything you have done, do, and are willing contribute to our community.
August 7th, 2020 10:13 PM
Deborah Wess: William Dwyer's analysis on another thread figures that there's one stop every 21 days for a`Black teenager. I've been stopped twice by Oak Park Police, once for slow driving while I was looking for a parking spot. and another for having an overloaded car when moving back from Michigan where they thought my rear vision was obscured. A Black officer stopped me. He was doing his job.
August 7th, 2020 9:45 PM
The Freedom To Thrive narrative is a classic example of confirmation bias.
August 7th, 2020 9:28 PM
It seems one huge issue in OP (as elsewhere) is police "over-responding" to the racist calls of white residents on their Black neighbors. I understand the department and the Village itself are afraid of potential liability if they were ever found to have knowingly failed to respond to what was later found to be a crime. But much more nuanced judgement is called for when responding to 911 calls. That's an added burden for our police force, for sure. But it's a critical way to start limiting these kinds of spurious calls (negative reinforcement) and a crucial step to rebuilding trust on the behalf of Black residents who are so unjustly experiencing these interactions.
August 7th, 2020 8:20 PM
Exhausting - just exhausting.
August 7th, 2020 6:12 PM
Let's examine the economics of this. Why is a building within the zoning code not financially feasible? Did the developer submit a business plan for his override? That should be simple. Use standard construction costs, including the teardown and environmental remediation. What are standard occupancy rates and how long would it take to reach those and what are market rents? What are the costs of operations? If it doesn't fly, then the developer paid too much for the property or should not exercise its option to buy. Why don't we recognize that speculators are just that ?" they lose money sometimes and the rest of us shouldn't bail them out. They knew what the conditions were and sometimes they lose. Instead, we bail them out. They know that the zoning doesn't apply. This is Albion redux. We are in a death spiral here on property taxes. Businesses of many sorts could locate or relocate to nearby suburbs, cutting the tax base where they pay 2.5 times as much as...
August 7th, 2020 5:19 PM
William Dwyer Jr.: And he lives in a Black neighborhood near Washington Park, race unknown. Maybe he's a prof at U of Chi.
August 7th, 2020 4:28 PM
Typo. That's 63 year old man.
August 7th, 2020 4:04 PM
My family lived in Oak Park for 50 years, until 2014. My older brother developed schizophrenia in his early 20s while at college. It was so gradual that we really weren't fully aware of what was happening at the time. He was a brilliant and compassionate person--think of the movie, A Brilliant Mind--and it was tragic that a person so full of promise went downhill so quickly. Fast forward many years later, my brother couldn't work because of this illness, and he lived with my parents in Oak Park. At some point, police were always being called to the house, perhaps by caring neighbors who heard my brother's vitriolic shouting from inside the house and were concerned for my parents' welfare. It became humiliating and embarrassing that my family became what felt like the "black sheep" in the neighborhood because of this. But, to me, the Oak Park police became our friends. They understand what every call was about and how painful this situation was. I...
August 7th, 2020 1:34 PM
If these are the highlights from ten full years, can we stop pretending this is a thing and move on to something else.
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