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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    Oak Park, IL in Spring, 2006 (Lots of pics)

    Here are some photos from spring 2006.

    A new 3-flat being built among several old 2-flats.




    You can't go wrong with the vernacular Chicago building stock.






























    The continential divide.....ahhhhh.






    Metra commuter rail station in downtown Oak Park.
























    Back where we started.
    Last edited by mendelman; 05 Oct 2007 at 4:40 PM.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Wow the Metra Station addition is really nice!

    Out of curiosity, why no FLlW buildings?

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    Great pictures. Suburbia doesn't get much better than this. Of course this is more urban than many American cities. I was in Oak Park a couple weeks ago, but was too tired to do much exploring. Is there than one downtown/business district or did I just miss part (I was in the area around the Oak Park stop on the Green Line.

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    Great pics. Still despise the new library: wish they kept that big old metal building from my childhood.

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    Quote Originally posted by DP
    Out of curiosity, why no FLlW buildings?
    Because I wasn't in the area with the main concentration of such buildings and also there are probably a gazillion such photos on the internets as it is. Why take more?
    Quote Originally posted by jsk1983
    Is there than one downtown/business district or did I just miss part
    Well, the Green Line runs through the two part of downtown, but there are at least six more commercial districts in the village - Roosevelt Rd, Madison Ave, Harrison St., Chicago Ave, Lake St., and North Ave.
    Quote Originally posted by nrschmid
    Still despise the new library: wish they kept that big old metal building from my childhood.
    Don't be a hater. The interior is gorgeous and they have a great collection. Plus, being right next to Scoville Park is a great location.
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    I agree the building is better, just have a lot of fond memories of the big old metal building (sort of like a kid's attachment to a toy or a blanket), went to preschool-kindergarten at first baptist on the north side of scoville.

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    I absolutely LOVE Oak Park! I went to high school at Fenwick and hung out in Oak Park all the time. By far one of my favorite suburbs anywhere! the pictures really show its urban qualities not found in more traditional suburbs.

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    Quote Originally posted by Northsider View post
    ...urban qualities not found in more traditional suburbs.
    That is a rather odd statement. Is Oak Park less traditional than, say, Park Forest?
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    No. but when you think of suburbs, you don't think of two rapid transit lines, a commuter rail line, a highway, multiple dense business districts, overall high population density (relatively), urban housing stock (2 and 3 flats, multiple-unit apartments), diverse population. Is Oak Park more urban than Park Forest? ...yes, I would say so.

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    Well, according to Hemingway, it may be more similar than you think

    Oak Park was a mainly Protestant, upper middle-class suburb of Chicago that Hemingway would later refer to as a town of "wide lawns and narrow minds." Only ten miles from the big city, Oak Park was really much farther away philosophically. It was basically a conservative town that tried to isolate itself from Chicago's liberal seediness. Hemingway was raised with the conservative Midwestern values of strong religion, hard work, physical fitness and self determination; if one adhered to these parameters, he was taught, he would be ensured of success in whatever field he chose.
    -from The Hemingway Resource Center

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    Quote Originally posted by njm View post
    Well, according to Hemingway, it may be more similar than you think


    -from The Hemingway Resource Center
    Well, according to Hemingway, it was more similiar. Anyway, what you're describing is hinting that suburbia may be less about the built environment and more about the state of mind.

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    Quote Originally posted by njm View post
    Well, according to Hemingway, it may be more similar than you think


    -from The Hemingway Resource Center
    Yes, perhaps....in 1920.

    It is much more diverse place now (and since the 1970s) and the bastion of "liberal" that 52% of the country demonizes.
    Quote Originally posted by Northsider
    No. but when you think of suburbs, you don't think of two rapid transit lines, a commuter rail line, a highway, multiple dense business districts, overall high population density (relatively), urban housing stock (2 and 3 flats, multiple-unit apartments), diverse population. Is Oak Park more urban than Park Forest? ...yes, I would say so.
    Yes, it is much more urban than a typical present day suburb, but I was mainly ribbing you about using the word traditional in reference to suburbs that are decades younger than Oak Park.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    Yes, it is much more urban than a typical present day suburb, but I was mainly ribbing you about using the word traditional in reference to suburbs that are decades younger than Oak Park.
    I understand what you mean. By "traditional" I simply meant "typical" suburbs most commonly found today: low density, commercial strip development, no/low transit access, etc

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    No Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the Oak Park thread? He really showed an interest in setbacks, landscaping, and urban livability in his housing.

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    Quote Originally posted by Streck View post
    No Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the Oak Park thread? He really showed an interest in setbacks, landscaping, and urban livability in his housing.
    Here, maybe?

    http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showthread.php?t=48725
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    Oak Park was home to many Chicago mobsters back in the day.

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