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Alderman for a Day

Posted on March 02, 2010

You first is to preserve forever, something in or about Rogers Park. Your second is to change one thing about our neighborhood. Have your say in our comments section below.

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Okay, I will start you off.

1) Try to preserve as long as possible, the Pratt pier and lighthouse beacon. Rebuild a new one at same dimensions if beyond repair.

2) Close the Morse/Glenwood corridor to automobiles and let only buses pass through (if absolutely necessary.) Wayne to Ashland on Morse and Greenleaf to Farwell on Glenwood. By doing this we create an expansive pedestrian friendly plaza with a small outdoor public venue for event/entertainment purposes.

Posted on March 02, 2010 at 11:03 am

I would preserve the character of Rogers Park which is disappearing more every day as we are losing our culture and history to developers and politics. The old buildings are still strong and very significant.

One thing that I would change about Rogers Park is the general attitude about crime. This is an issue that must be addressed rather than ignored to improve our community. It is not the easy route to promoting our local businesses, but facing our worst issues head-on is the only route to long term solutions.

Posted on March 04, 2010 at 12:03 am

Thanks Bill,

Care to expand upon your notion of Character here? Are you referring simply to the predominantly European architecture from the 20-30’s

If so, how do you see this as a benefit, and what steps would you take to get that done?

Do older buildings automatically add value to a place?

Thanks for your thoughts.

Regarding the crime and business comment, are you saying that not enough is currently being done to combat crime and promote local business development, and if so could you cite specific examples? As president of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce I expect you have many examples and opinions on the subject.


Posted on March 04, 2010 at 6:03 am

The character of Rogers Park can be described many ways. It is what we know and love about Rogers Park. It is the personality and spirit of where we live. Examples could be the residents, the beaches or even the cobblestone street on Glenwood Avenue. The character that I am referring to in this case are landmarks of our neighborhood, the buildings from the 1920’s and earlier.

Many share my view about preserving the history and culture of Rogers Park. It is the character of the neighborhood that increases business, creates tourism and lures new residents.  I would strongly support the maintenance, safety and tenancy of these buildings.

I stated my view on crime prevention earlier. I feel that we must tackle our worst issues head-on. If we are ever going to drastically reduce crime in Rogers Park, we can no longer afford to sweep the issues under the rug. We will not find a long-term solution until we acknowledge the issues.

There needs to be more support for our local businesses. I’ve worked at a local Rogers Park business for over seven years, and have seen how entrepreneurs often struggle before becoming successful. The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce uses a well-rounded approach to supporting local business including, our Shop Local campaign, referrals, networking events and radio/television/internet/press promotional campaigns. Our businesses need to be strong and sustainable to last throughout the years. I’m all about longevity.

Posted on March 04, 2010 at 10:03 am

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