Saturday, September 10, 2011

Get Out the Way, Oak Park!

For years, Oak Park has been trying to block expansion of the Eisenhower Expressway, which narrows to three lanes in each direction as it crosses Oak Park, causing massive traffic congestion (not to mention unnecessary air pollution, which you'd think Oak Parkers would be hypersensitive to, considering that Idling Gets You Nowhere).

The village has used a variety of delaying tactics over the years, including demanding some sort of "consideration" in exchange for widening the expressway, and floating ridiculous schemes like "capping" the Ike by burying it in a two-mile-long tunnel from Austin to Harlem -- presumably, with trees and pretty flowers and rainbows and unicorns frolicking on top.

Oak Park's latest obstructionist tactic, reports the Oak Park Patch, is to "sensitize" transportation officials to the village's history and architecture by characterizing buildings near the expressway (including a Volvo dealership) as local landmarks.

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