Volunteer garden grows frustrating

Volunteer garden grows frustrating

There are 168 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 16, 2009, titled Volunteer garden grows frustrating. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Can this garden be saved? Should it be? You be the judge. We begin last winter. Chris Blitstein had spent the last five years looking out the back windows of her Burr Ridge home at an empty lot that lay just across the town line in Willowbrook .

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just-ice

Hammond, IN

#164 Jun 17, 2009
Gizmo wrote:
Is there a problem with the homeless and hungry in this community? I was under the impression it was one of the wealthiest areas in the country - literally. There are nothing but multi-million dollar homes everywehre up and down this street - the guy wants to sell his land, yet there is a FARM on it now that he ddn't put there.
Why can't this woman and her friends use THEIR OWN land to plant gardens?
They can't turn their back yards into farms.Their husbands won't let them so they want to use somebody else's land for that.
Dinah - Skokie

Chicago, IL

#165 Jun 17, 2009
My gardening took a new direction when little Paulo hired Juan Grande. The young man was tall, dark and stunning. His dark brown eyes and smile would disarm any woman. And his body! I couldn't keep my eyes from him. Although ten years his senior I decided would do anything to have him.

It was a hot steamy day and Juan was working in the rose garden without his shirt on. Beads of sweat glistened on his chest as he spaded the earth. I led him to the pool for a cool drink and a rest. I don't speak Spanish but words were not neccessary as I pointed to the pool and he nodded. We removed our clothing and jumped in together. We swam to the shallow end where I wrapped my arms and legs around his taunt and hard body. His passion was endless and we exhausted ourselves making love for hours.

Our affair lasted for weeks until one day little Paulo reported Juan had returned to his family in Mexico. I was crushed until I discovered my little Paulo is not so little after all. Now it's a rare day that I don't have him come out to do some "gardening" every day, even if only for a couple of hours today on account of the pouring rain.
Sheba Queen of Ark

Buffalo Grove, IL

#166 Jun 17, 2009
Dinah - Skokie wrote:
My gardening took a new direction when little Paulo hired Juan Grande. The young man was tall, dark and stunning. His dark brown eyes and smile would disarm any woman. And his body! I couldn't keep my eyes from him. Although ten years his senior I decided would do anything to have him.
It was a hot steamy day and Juan was working in the rose garden without his shirt on. Beads of sweat glistened on his chest as he spaded the earth. I led him to the pool for a cool drink and a rest. I don't speak Spanish but words were not neccessary as I pointed to the pool and he nodded. We removed our clothing and jumped in together. We swam to the shallow end where I wrapped my arms and legs around his taunt and hard body. His passion was endless and we exhausted ourselves making love for hours.
Our affair lasted for weeks until one day little Paulo reported Juan had returned to his family in Mexico. I was crushed until I discovered my little Paulo is not so little after all. Now it's a rare day that I don't have him come out to do some "gardening" every day, even if only for a couple of hours today on account of the pouring rain.
Hey Dinah, you go girl!
Sara

Lemont, IL

#167 Jun 18, 2009
gardengal wrote:
This person MR. COHEN, gave permission to use this property as a vegetable garden. Now that the land is cleared of scrub bushes, the 30" high grass cut down and the plants are in place, with fencing to protect them from the rabbits, NOW NOW MR. COHEN wants the fencing removed, etc. The plants need protection, etc. His lot is unsaleable
because
1. HE overpaid for the lot
2. It is in WILLOWBROOK, not Burr Ridge
3. The real estate market has tanked
4. For the last five years, the lot could not be viewed from the street
I take issue with item #2. You imply that Willowbrook property is not of a high-enough quality to be sold? You're rather arrogant and ill-informed. The larger issue in property sales is today's sluggish economy and lack of financing for willing purchasers.

The fact that the property hasn't sold is not caused by the town that it's in. Willowbrook has the same schools as Burr Ridge and has its own wonderful neighborhoods, including this one, and lower property and sales taxes than any of the surrounding communities. All of which make it a wonderful community and a worthwhile choice to buy or build a home.

And for the record, although the Blitstein's CLAIM that they live in Burr Ridge, they actually live within the Village of Willowbrook. They pay taxes to Willowbrook, are served by Willowbrook water and are subject to Willowbrook regulations, just like Mr. Cohen's property.

Since: Jul 08

Chicago, IL

#168 Jun 18, 2009
It seems that someone had a nice idea to turn a vacant lot into a small vegetable garden, and sought and received permission from the owner of the land.

Then, while it started small, it quickly grew and that combined with a seemingly inattentive and/or disinterested landowner yields this mess...a huge garden with structures, wires, irrigation, etc...and a land owner who is no longer comfortable with it.

While it's admirable to turn something unattractive into something nice, and in theory feed hungry people in the process...it's also admirable to know that as a landowner YOU are the one who decides what's done on your property.

Hate him or support him...the guy who owns the land gets the final say. Period. No debate.

I say kick them off...it seems they've taken advantage, which trumps any good deeds they originally wanted to be a part of.
realtorguy

New Orleans, LA

#169 Jun 18, 2009
This lot in Willowbrook proper but half a block from Burr Ridge proper, Willowbrook taxes and Hinsdale schools.

Best schools in the country. It is a very nice piece of land but has been hurt due to the tough market and overstock of unsold homes...
Spike

Chicago, IL

#170 Jun 18, 2009
Only a realtor would make the ridiculous claim best schools in the country. Not even the best schools in the area.
just-ice

Hammond, IN

#171 Jun 18, 2009
Dinah - Skokie wrote:
My gardening took a new direction when little Paulo hired Juan Grande. The young man was tall, dark and stunning. His dark brown eyes and smile would disarm any woman. And his body! I couldn't keep my eyes from him. Although ten years his senior I decided would do anything to have him.
It was a hot steamy day and Juan was working in the rose garden without his shirt on. Beads of sweat glistened on his chest as he spaded the earth. I led him to the pool for a cool drink and a rest. I don't speak Spanish but words were not neccessary as I pointed to the pool and he nodded. We removed our clothing and jumped in together. We swam to the shallow end where I wrapped my arms and legs around his taunt and hard body. His passion was endless and we exhausted ourselves making love for hours.
Our affair lasted for weeks until one day little Paulo reported Juan had returned to his family in Mexico. I was crushed until I discovered my little Paulo is not so little after all. Now it's a rare day that I don't have him come out to do some "gardening" every day, even if only for a couple of hours today on account of the pouring rain.
Dinah, I know gardeners and you are not a gardner.You are distracted by making something else grow.

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