Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hybrid-friendly Oak Park threatens pedestrians

Oak Park's policies on hybrid vehicles may threaten the lives of innocent pedestrians.  A federal government study notes that occupants of hybrid cars sustain fewer injuries in collisions (because the cars are heavier than comparable conventional vehicles), but hybrids place pedestrians at much greater risk.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oak Park fights to preserve gridlock

As east-west commuters on the Eisenhower Expressway desperately struggle to pass through the Oak Park sphincter, wasting fuel and spewing pollutants into the air, village officials continue to fight expansion of the expressway, arguing that "enhancements" to the CTA's Blue Line will induce long-distance commuters to take the train instead of driving, making additional traffic lanes unnecessary.  (Oak Park promotes mass transit to ease Eisenhower congestion, TribLocal, 11/16/11.)

Sure, that's gonna happen.  Just pave over the entire village, and plant a couple of trees in the median, we say.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Occupy Oak Park Arts District

Protesters gathered in Oak Park to demand action from village elders (Wednesday Journal, 11/11/11), after realizing that Oak Park Arts District was a stupid idea from the very beginning. Three knick knack shops, a grimy resale store, a "hip" maternity store, a pretentious overpriced cafĂ©, and a used record store do not an "arts district" make.