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#86 Jan 5, 2013
Anyone ever notice how many "For Sale" or For Lease" signs there are in our community for businesses in Oak Forest? It may match the Foeclosures and For Sale Signs on the house in town!
If the Economic Development Engine is doing so well, why is the business community leaving town! To high on the rent? Taxes? not enough buying the community? Not a great deal of economic planning? Sure brings me down and it is not encouraging that another four years of these folks will make it better! Teen Dance Halls, Liquor Store, Tattoo Parlors and Dialysis Businesses will not really make that all change! Mostly due to the fact that any business leaving is the kind that generates "Sales Tax" and the new things, like Train Stations, really don't help!
#89 Jan 7, 2013
But where are those businesses? I have counted more than 15 for sale or for lease signs just on 159th street alone! The only place that seems to be thriving at this point is east of Cicero on 167th Street! I do not really see that there are any amount of business that could help save the taxpayers money, our town is too locked up and there is not a high degree of space for retail that would impact Sales tax enough! Then since the taxpayers are stuggling it is not clear how much they in town since there are better alternatives in other communities!! 1% Sales Tax increase certainly has not helped the current businesses in town now! For instance take NAPA, just picked up and moved to another better location for better business! It is going to be a very hard situation to get the business economy going in this town again!
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