Midlothian's Untapped Potential
Posted in the Park Forest Forum
#1 Jan 13, 2013
My parents purchased their first home in Midlothian in the early 80's, and it was a wonderful place to grow up. I graduated from Bremen in the early 90's and bought my first home in Midlothian in 95.
The Midlothian of today is strikingly different.
For many years, Midlothian's economic viability depended heavily on car dealerships. As they declined so did the village.
Through this lack of vision, Midlothian has failed to capitalize on it's most valuable resource: Location, Location, Location.
Midlothian is the closest south-suburban village to Chicago with direct access via Metra and I-57. Imaging the area surrounding the train station lined with upscale condo's and a thriving "downtown" with shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Attracting professionals who work in the city by providing a place to live, spend, establish roots and raise families.
Ignoring this potential resource has taken a toll on another, even greater resource: the wonderful people and families that make up the community.
A Dollar Store or Grocery will not turn this community around. It is not too late. Real transformation will take strong leadership with a solid vision and the talent to achieve.
While I now live in the Western Burbs, I still consider Midlo my hometown and I hope leadership with a vision will emerge- before it is too late.
“Always willing to lend a hand”
Since: Dec 09
#2 Jan 13, 2013
Indeed friend, indeed.
Look carefully at the proposed map I have linked here...
Look carefully at the violet (not purple) segment. It appears one of the proposed alternative routes for amtrak will come right through midlothian on the Rock Island tracks.
On the current route, there is one stop halfway between Joliet and Chicago; Summit.
Can you guess which glorious suburb sits halfway between Joliet and Chicago along the rock Island tracks?
I'll give you a hint. It possesses the most glorious topix editor that has ever existed.
For your further curiosity about this matter....
#3 Jan 13, 2013
Home rule unlimited taxing for projects other than necessities bankrupts municipalities, counties, and the state of Illinois. Midlothian is well on its way like Markham, Country Club Hills, and Bridgeview.
#4 Jan 13, 2013
Perception is reality..no way professionals working in Chicago would choose to live in this neighborhood...now...any one want to guess the real reason....hmmm...what could it be? I wonder why people left the city originally to live in the suburbs? Hmm...what could it be?
#5 Jan 13, 2013
#6 Jan 13, 2013
Chicago is a centrally located Home Rule municipality, close to airports, highways, metra, and businesses. Home Rule should make Chicago crime free and a less expensive place to live, work, and visit. Right?
#7 Jan 13, 2013
#8 Jan 14, 2013
Professionals working in Chicago have proven, time and again, that they are willing to invest in an area IF they believe the future is bright. In the city it is called "Gentrification" and occurs in areas far worse than Midlothian. Many areas that were the among worst in the city just ten years ago are now thriving communities made up of professionals working in Chicago.
Granted, Midlothian and other suburbs have suffered from the effects of gentrification in Chicago. Many former inner-city project residents are now suburban Section-8 apartment residents. Nonetheless, this is not the cause of Midlothian's current condition. Rather, it is the effect of poor leadership and lack of vision.
Blaming others for one's own failures is admitting weakness. The future is not predetermined. A bright future is possible, and it will require strong leadership with a solid vision and the ability to overcome difficulty to achieve it.
#9 Jan 14, 2013
Looking towards what is possible, Midlothian can draw inspiration from towns like Brookfield and LaGrange. Both take capitalized of their location along the rail line to develop thriving "downtown" areas while maintaining strong neighborhoods of homes. Both also border some rougher areas as well.
Many other suburban communities have taken advantage of having a train station. Villages like Lisle, Glen Ellyn, and Wheaton have had great success without the need for "Big Box" stores or chain restaurants. Midlothian has a soul that Crestwood will never have, no matter how many strip malls they build.
#10 Jan 14, 2013
Thats right you have a lot of sould brothers. That is why you can build all the box stores, restaurants or what ever and they will fail because Midlothian has a lot of what will not support that typre of business venture and do not work (at all) downtown. It is soul brothers. Get use to small liquor stores thriving on the link card. That is all you got left. Very short sighted leaders. You have lost out and will never catch up.
“26 year Midlo resident”
Since: Feb 09
#11 Jan 15, 2013
I have no idea who the glorious topix editor is? I guess you could mean Mr Invisible but he has been missing for quite a while now.
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