Chicago Ridge in Decline

Chicago Ridge in Decline

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Real Worrier

Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 26, 2013
In this, the second century of Chicago Ridge, decline is our new reality. Chicago Ridge used to be a version of the American Dream where men and women could attain the fullest stature of what they were capable and get a higher standard of living regardless of their fortunate birth or position.

We are now in crisis. We only imagined that Chicago Ridge was a land of opportunity, our own ultimate path to material success. We were never an elite address but moving to the Ridge was still a badge of upward mobility compared to the South Side. Take a look at our jump in foreclosures and try to let it sink in that we are a in a dead end.

The government in the past created one American Dream at the expense of almost all others: the dream of a house, a lawn, a picket fence, two children, and a car. But there is no single American Dream anymore. Chicago Ridge has blocks of houses, apartments and condo built with throwaway 1950’s and 60’s architecture. Gene Siegel played a role in this when he convinced lots of residents that we were better than our neighbors because we had tax rebates, curbs, streetlights and city water. He dreamed. We are paying now.

For nearly 70 years, the suburbs like the Ridge were as American as apple pie. As the middle class ballooned and single-family homes and cars became more affordable, city residents moved in to a place where open air and solitude offered a retreat from our dense, polluted cities.

Before long, success became synonymous with a private home in our own little bedroom community complete with a yard, a two-car garage and a commute to the office or quick ride out to work in the trades at other suburban developments.

But in recent years things in the Ridge have started to change. An epic housing crisis revealed existing problems with this unique pattern of development, while the steady pull of long-simmering economic, societal and demographic forces has culminated in a Perfect Storm that has led to a profound shift in the way we desire to live.

Chicago Ridge property values were unsustainable from the start. As online shopping takes hold Chicago Ridge Mall will become the next Plaza and we will bring down the whole region.

Good luck to all in 2014. Please get your heads out of the sand.
gxm23272

Crystal Lake, IL

#2 Dec 28, 2013
I agree. The Ridge has changed but so has other communities. We have to do the best we can to get it back the way it was. Be pro active. You see something you don't like, go to city hall or fix it yourself. Like some of the yards around here. Step up or shut up.
RidgeDog

Evergreen Park, IL

#3 Jan 1, 2014
Where there is a problem, there is also a solution.

If you see that our village is in decline, there must be a way to reverse that trend. The last line in Real Worrier's post should be heeded by all that wish for a better village. Get your heads out of the sand, formulate a solution, and set the course toward that solution. Attend village board meetings. Get involved in the community. There are way too many people that use this board to complain, but then take no action - whether by attending meetings, or campaigning for candidates that you feel will benefit the village at election time.

Bottom line - get involved, make a change!
enuf

Evergreen Park, IL

#4 Jan 3, 2014
Real Worrier wrote:
In this, the second century of Chicago Ridge, decline is our new reality. Chicago Ridge used to be a version of the American Dream where men and women could attain the fullest stature of what they were capable and get a higher standard of living regardless of their fortunate birth or position.
We are now in crisis. We only imagined that Chicago Ridge was a land of opportunity, our own ultimate path to material success. We were never an elite address but moving to the Ridge was still a badge of upward mobility compared to the South Side. Take a look at our jump in foreclosures and try to let it sink in that we are a in a dead end.
The government in the past created one American Dream at the expense of almost all others: the dream of a house, a lawn, a picket fence, two children, and a car. But there is no single American Dream anymore. Chicago Ridge has blocks of houses, apartments and condo built with throwaway 1950’s and 60’s architecture. Gene Siegel played a role in this when he convinced lots of residents that we were better than our neighbors because we had tax rebates, curbs, streetlights and city water. He dreamed. We are paying now.
For nearly 70 years, the suburbs like the Ridge were as American as apple pie. As the middle class ballooned and single-family homes and cars became more affordable, city residents moved in to a place where open air and solitude offered a retreat from our dense, polluted cities.
Before long, success became synonymous with a private home in our own little bedroom community complete with a yard, a two-car garage and a commute to the office or quick ride out to work in the trades at other suburban developments.
But in recent years things in the Ridge have started to change. An epic housing crisis revealed existing problems with this unique pattern of development, while the steady pull of long-simmering economic, societal and demographic forces has culminated in a Perfect Storm that has led to a profound shift in the way we desire to live.
Chicago Ridge property values were unsustainable from the start. As online shopping takes hold Chicago Ridge Mall will become the next Plaza and we will bring down the whole region.
Good luck to all in 2014. Please get your heads out of the sand.
Victims lament the past and yearn for someone else's solution.
One Victim

Tinley Park, IL

#5 Jan 5, 2014
enuf wrote:
<quoted text> Victims lament the past and yearn for someone else's solution.
I am a victim. I lament the past. I remember when Public Works actually plowed snow until the streets were clear.The only snow plow that I have ever purchased are the ones the Village owns. I really need Public Works to actually use them. I do yearn for someone else’s solution. I want my money's worth. I want the job done. They used to get the job done. Now they do only the minimum.
Ridge Resident

Evergreen Park, IL

#6 Jan 6, 2014
One Victim wrote:
<quoted text> I am a victim. I lament the past. I remember when Public Works actually plowed snow until the streets were clear.The only snow plow that I have ever purchased are the ones the Village owns. I really need Public Works to actually use them. I do yearn for someone else’s solution. I want my money's worth. I want the job done. They used to get the job done. Now they do only the minimum.
No matter how hard the men at Public Works work there is always going to be the one goof that will complain for no good reason. Our guys have been working around the clock for us. Thanks for the great job all of you have always done.
enuf

Evergreen Park, IL

#7 Jan 6, 2014
One Victim wrote:
<quoted text> I am a victim. I lament the past. I remember when Public Works actually plowed snow until the streets were clear.The only snow plow that I have ever purchased are the ones the Village owns. I really need Public Works to actually use them. I do yearn for someone else’s solution. I want my money's worth. I want the job done. They used to get the job done. Now they do only the minimum.
My apologies. You're not a victim. You are an idiot.
Look Around

Chicago, IL

#8 Jan 8, 2014
enuf wrote:
<quoted text> My apologies. You're not a victim. You are an idiot.
Many suburbs like Chicago Ridge have house prices are now below replacement value, meaning the land under the house has no value and the sticks and bricks are worth less than they would cost to replace. This means there is no financial incentive to maintain the house; the next dollar invested will not be recouped upon resale. Many of these houses will be converted to rentals, which are rarely as well maintained as owner-occupied housing. Add the fact that the houses were built with cheap materials and methods to begin with, and you see why many fringe suburbs are turning into slums, with abandoned housing and rising crime.
Love

Mexico

#9 Jan 8, 2014
Be happy
Martini

Chicago, IL

#10 Jan 9, 2014
Look Around wrote:
<quoted text>Many suburbs like Chicago Ridge have house prices are now below replacement value, meaning the land under the house has no value and the sticks and bricks are worth less than they would cost to replace. This means there is no financial incentive to maintain the house; the next dollar invested will not be recouped upon resale. Many of these houses will be converted to rentals, which are rarely as well maintained as owner-occupied housing. Add the fact that the houses were built with cheap materials and methods to begin with, and you see why many fringe suburbs are turning into slums, with abandoned housing and rising crime.
Pottersville then I guess
Jimmy W

Tinley Park, IL

#11 Nov 12, 2014
Citing generosity as George Bailey's most admirable trait, Time magazine lists George Bailey among their top ten movie dads.“You call this a happy family? Why do we have to have all these kids?”
So if he is not generous and not a dad then he can't be George Bailey. How 'bout then Cowboys?
Rhymes with LIAR

Tinley Park, IL

#12 Feb 12, 2016
Everything is just fine. I earned everything that I have got from the village.
Lumens

Chicago, IL

#13 Mar 21, 2016
not sure who's idea it was to replace the older streetlights with what we got now, but these new ones (yes I know they are probably like2 years old) completely suck. I have one right in front of my house and still cannot make out who is walking by at night. My guesstimate is that they are about 40-50% less bright than the old ones. Im sure it was done to save $$$ but still, they are brutal
gxm24263

Palos Heights, IL

#14 Mar 30, 2016
Can someone tell what good a street cleaner if cars are in the street.
Sewers are covered with leaves and garbage. Weeds are growing under cars. Don't get it!
ex resident

Costa Mesa, CA

#15 Mar 30, 2016
Lumens wrote:
not sure who's idea it was to replace the older streetlights with what we got now, but these new ones (yes I know they are probably like2 years old) completely suck. I have one right in front of my house and still cannot make out who is walking by at night. My guesstimate is that they are about 40-50% less bright than the old ones. Im sure it was done to save $$$ but still, they are brutal
But at least the microphones in those lights can hear you clearly
You are Clueless

Tinley Park, IL

#16 May 22, 2016
Real Worrier wrote:
In this, the second century of Chicago Ridge, decline is our new reality. Chicago Ridge used to be a version of the American Dream where men and women could attain the fullest stature of what they were capable and get a higher standard of living regardless of their fortunate birth or position.

We are now in crisis. We only imagined that Chicago Ridge was a land of opportunity, our own ultimate path to material success. We were never an elite address but moving to the Ridge was still a badge of upward mobility compared to the South Side. Take a look at our jump in foreclosures and try to let it sink in that we are a in a dead end.

The government in the past created one American Dream at the expense of almost all others: the dream of a house, a lawn, a picket fence, two children, and a car. But there is no single American Dream anymore. Chicago Ridge has blocks of houses, apartments and condo built with throwaway 1950’s and 60’s architecture. Gene Siegel played a role in this when he convinced lots of residents that we were better than our neighbors because we had tax rebates, curbs, streetlights and city water. He dreamed. We are paying now.

For nearly 70 years, the suburbs like the Ridge were as American as apple pie. As the middle class ballooned and single-family homes and cars became more affordable, city residents moved in to a place where open air and solitude offered a retreat from our dense, polluted cities.

Before long, success became synonymous with a private home in our own little bedroom community complete with a yard, a two-car garage and a commute to the office or quick ride out to work in the trades at other suburban developments.

But in recent years things in the Ridge have started to change. An epic housing crisis revealed existing problems with this unique pattern of development, while the steady pull of long-simmering economic, societal and demographic forces has culminated in a Perfect Storm that has led to a profound shift in the way we desire to live.

Chicago Ridge property values were unsustainable from the start. As online shopping takes hold Chicago Ridge Mall will become the next Plaza and we will bring down the whole region.

Good luck to all in 2014. Please get your heads out of the sand.
The Ridge will remain “suburban”, in the isolated, disconnected, car-dependent American sense of the term, until we finally recognize and confront the bigotry and closed-mindedness they dress up in the practical civic drag of zoning hearings and “community values”. This Bull-Connor-in-fuzzy-bunny-sli ppers crap is the whole reason so many Millennials (like myself) have been stampeding to urban downtowns as fast as we can get to them.
jeepers

Chicago, IL

#17 May 30, 2016
You are Clueless wrote:
<quoted text>The Ridge will remain “suburban”, in the isolated, disconnected, car-dependent American sense of the term, until we finally recognize and confront the bigotry and closed-mindedness they dress up in the practical civic drag of zoning hearings and “community values”. This Bull-Connor-in-fuzzy-bunny-sli ppers crap is the whole reason so many Millennials (like myself) have been stampeding to urban downtowns as fast as we can get to them.
Are you voting for Bernie while driving around in a Rahm internet taxi? Young people in general have always gone to the urban areas where there is growth, yet in Chicago there is no growth. I don't care about eating a fancy vegan meal or riding my 1950s schwinn bicycle around Wrigleyville. There is nothing going on downtown other than entertainment to pay for and cramped L trains. Closed Mindedness and Bigotry? You must think Trump is a racist, when it is proven over and over again he never really says anything racist. In the heavily populated area there are no values, it is just a crowded distopian nightmare but with thin armed girly men wearing beards and flannels with the odd cubs hat downing PBR. Millennials voted for Obama, They will vote for Bernie, and they will act like spoiled children till they are in the grave. I am sorry for your grade school and high school experience that was infiltrated by Power Rangers and Barney. I have not seen a bunch of wretched politically correct self entitled ass kissers in all my life.
Big Ratt

Staten Island, NY

#18 Aug 19, 2016
Why throw out a good non egomaniac administrator because you have a term limit desire? If you constantly evict people on time then only the non-elected bureaucrats have any power since they are the only ones skilled enough to run the place.
We already have term limits. They are called elections. They are held every 4 years. If you think you have all the answers run yourself. Or Recruit a good challenger. If the Mayor is such a poor fit for the people they represent it shouldn’t be so difficult.

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