Wilmette: A small-town oasis on the North Shore

A year ago Carole Casey, a New Jersey teacher nearing retirement, toured North Shore condominiums as possible places to be close to her daughter, who lives in Winnetka. Full Story
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Joe DeAngelis

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Jun 6, 2008
and.... they will not allow the Public to use the Lake Michigan Beach. I would never live there but I guess they won't miss me.
jon delaine

Elgin, IL

#2 Jun 6, 2008
I go there for vacation. It's not bad except for the wasps. Shut up, I have relatives there.
juan faneca

United States

#3 Jun 10, 2008
Wilmette is cool.
jpd in nola

New Orleans, LA

#4 Jun 10, 2008
Wilmette is a nice place to visit but I would not want to live there (even if I could afford to). It lacks diversity. The whole town reminds me of Pleasantville.
Wilmette Resident

Wilmette, IL

#5 Jun 10, 2008
This article inaccurately implies that there is strong movement in Wilmette for 'affordable housing'. Several attempts have been made to shove an 'affordable housing' program and a 'teardown tax' down our throats in a blantant attempt to build a housing boondogle that could be doled out to those who swear political feality to a small clique seeking to control the Village Board. Neither of these programs would survive a voters' referendum ballot.

In truth, our Village contains many old homes that need to be demolished or substantially remodelled because they would not pass a building inspection and because they contain hazardous or undesirable building materials. That they still command premium prices is not due to love of obsolete architecture; but, to high land prices due to our Lake Michigan shore line, our proximity to Chicago, our relatively high educational levels and some of our infrastructure.

There is no lack of demographicor econimic diversity or 'affordable housing' in the area. Our contiguous neighbors include Evanston, Skokie, Glenview Winnetka and Keniiworth. If Wilmette doesn't have it, then you can find it right next door.

Still, there is room for improvement in Wilmette. We need to encourage replacement of outfated buildings and construction of critical infrastructure repairs (e.g. an alternative power supply for a Village lift station that failed in last August's storm which flooded the west side of the Village).. Because of excessive regulation, there is no economic incentive for commercial property owners to upgrade our downtown shopping district. These, and other, problems could be resolved if only our Village Board would stop wasting time on trivial causes such as 'affordable housing', teardown taxes and historic districts and instead concentrate on engineering and finance requirments that will increase property values and attract more talented residents.
skokie resident

Tucker, GA

#6 Jun 10, 2008
Gee - I'd like to move a bit closer to the lake. Please direct me to the affordable housing in Kenilworth..
To Wilmette Resident

Grayslake, IL

#7 Jun 10, 2008
Economic diversity in the AREA? PLEASE!! That's like saying well I live at 111 E. Chestnut in Chicago - but we have diversity in the AREA! Yea, down the street on Chicago Ave. Police Station and a few miles away in Cabrini Green. Please, like the Skokie resident said, please direct me to the affordable housing in Kenilworth. WASP haven is an under statement.
jpd in nola

Slidell, LA

#8 Jun 10, 2008
Wilmette Resident wrote:
This article inaccurately implies that there is strong movement in Wilmette for 'affordable housing'.
On the contrary, when I read the article, I was left with a most different impression. Condominiums reserved strictly for seniors costing close to $200,000 is hardly affordable. Did we read the same article?

You also state that "there is no lack of demographicor econimic [sic] diversity or 'affordable housing' in the area. Our contiguous neighbors include Evanston, Skokie, Glenview Winnetka and Keniiworth [sic]. If Wilmette doesn't have it, then you can find it right next door."

You have to be kidding! This argument only proves the point that Wilmette lacks socioeconomic diversity. No city, village or town should rely on its neighboring communities to create the appearance it has diversity. This is Wilmette we are talking about ... not Skokie, Glenview, Evanston et. al.

You go on to write, "because of excessive regulation, there is no economic incentive for commercial property owners to upgrade our downtown shopping district. These, and other, problems could be resolved if only our Village Board would stop wasting time on trivial causes such as 'affordable housing', teardown taxes and historic districts and instead concentrate on engineering and finance requirments that will increase property values and attract more talented residents."

Let me get this straight. Wilmette already has some of the most expensive property values in the state and country that excludes most individuals from moving into the village. Yet, you propose to attract more talented residents by increasing property values even more. This is lunacy! You attract talent through inclusion. Having spent my teenage and young adult years living in the village, I wholeheartedly believe that Wilmette residents are highly parochial and exclusive creatures. Much like the whole North Shore. Wilmette residents prefer to keep talented individuals out. And I believe your comments highlight this mentality.
housing

United States

#9 Jun 10, 2008
Your response shows a total lack of knowledge on housing and construction. While there are a handful of houses that are structurally obsolete, most of these grand old homes are worth saving. I would be happy to compare the way my old house is built to the slock the builders are throwing together today (housing prices falling... that's ok, we'll just install cheaper windows and no landscaping). Our brick exterior is 15 inches thick, for example, compared to the new standard that is 4 to 6 inches. I've been renovating houses on the North Shore for 10 years and it's ignorance like this that leads to many diamonds in the rough getting torn down and replaced with houses that could easily fit into -- dare I say it?-- Schaumburg... or any other vanilla suburb.
Wilmette Resident wrote:
This article inaccurately implies that there is strong movement in Wilmette for 'affordable housing'. Several attempts have been made to shove an 'affordable housing' program and a 'teardown tax' down our throats in a blantant attempt to build a housing boondogle that could be doled out to those who swear political feality to a small clique seeking to control the Village Board. Neither of these programs would survive a voters' referendum ballot.
In truth, our Village contains many old homes that need to be demolished or substantially remodelled because they would not pass a building inspection and because they contain hazardous or undesirable building materials. That they still command premium prices is not due to love of obsolete architecture; but, to high land prices due to our Lake Michigan shore line, our proximity to Chicago, our relatively high educational levels and some of our infrastructure.
There is no lack of demographicor econimic diversity or 'affordable housing' in the area. Our contiguous neighbors include Evanston, Skokie, Glenview Winnetka and Keniiworth. If Wilmette doesn't have it, then you can find it right next door.
Still, there is room for improvement in Wilmette. We need to encourage replacement of outfated buildings and construction of critical infrastructure repairs (e.g. an alternative power supply for a Village lift station that failed in last August's storm which flooded the west side of the Village).. Because of excessive regulation, there is no economic incentive for commercial property owners to upgrade our downtown shopping district. These, and other, problems could be resolved if only our Village Board would stop wasting time on trivial causes such as 'affordable housing', teardown taxes and historic districts and instead concentrate on engineering and finance requirments that will increase property values and attract more talented residents.
Bill

River Forest, IL

#10 Jun 23, 2008
You can use the beach if you pay admission. Yes, we will not miss you.
Joe DeAngelis wrote:
and.... they will not allow the Public to use the Lake Michigan Beach. I would never live there but I guess they won't miss me.
jjrg7

Raleigh, NC

#11 Jun 23, 2008
Wow a New Jersey teacher affording a $465,000 condo in Wilmette, and teachers claim they are underpaid.
Cam

United States

#12 Jul 3, 2008
My, oh my, how people can judge that of which they know nothing. I believe only one poster above actually lives in Wilmette. And, person from Mundelein, tell us all about your town 'diversity'--ha. Joe--the public can use the beach anytime they wish--you do, however, pay a fee to use it, just like the residents do. Are the pools/beaches free where you live--kinda of doubt that. And person who grew up here and asserts 'everyone' is 'exclusive'--get a life, come back and actually talk to a few people living here.
bonchocolat

Evanston, IL

#13 Aug 13, 2008
Joe DeAngelis wrote:
and.... they will not allow the Public to use the Lake Michigan Beach. I would never live there but I guess they won't miss me.
Really??? Then why when I run to the lakefront the beach is full of the "public" - ie private citizens - both those who live in Wilmette and Visitors.
The fact: anyone obeying law can use beachfront for free. There is a fee - cheaper for taxpayers from Wilmette - for parking close to beach and for swimming access to support lifeguards, etc.
Travis T OJustice

New Britain, CT

#14 Aug 13, 2008
Since when is it necessary, or even desirable, for a town to have "socioeconomic diversity"? Sounds like a load of crap to me.
FondieBrat

Oshkosh, WI

#17 Sep 21, 2008
Your comment, White Man, is unacceptably racist, disgusting, and mean!! Grow up a-hole!...i...

Since: Jul 07

PARK RIDGE IL.

#18 Nov 14, 2008
jpd in nola wrote:
Wilmette is a nice place to visit but I would not want to live there (even if I could afford to). It lacks diversity. The whole town reminds me of Pleasantville.
And what's wrong with pleasantville?
Seymore

United States

#19 Nov 14, 2008
Cam wrote:
My, oh my, how people can judge that of which they know nothing. I believe only one poster above actually lives in Wilmette. And, person from Mundelein, tell us all about your town 'diversity'--ha. Joe--the public can use the beach anytime they wish--you do, however, pay a fee to use it, just like the residents do. Are the pools/beaches free where you live--kinda of doubt that. And person who grew up here and asserts 'everyone' is 'exclusive'--get a life, come back and actually talk to a few people living here.
Yeah Mundelein has diversity. Nazis and illegal Mexicans
Seymore

United States

#21 Nov 14, 2008
MIKETOUHY wrote:
<quoted text>
And what's wrong with pleasantville?
I live there on a nice quiet cul de sac and it can be like Pleasantville. Nice and quiet. neighbors who wave and are well educated. kids out playing, well kept lawns, great schools, low crime, homes that hold value.

All you whiners, too effing bad if you want to knock it. Too effing bad. Want to live here? You have to sell your trailer first.

and Btw, diversity is quite over rated. It goes with a higher crime rate.

Since: Jul 07

PARK RIDGE IL.

#22 Nov 14, 2008
Well I think that's because real estate people and organizations would often sell homes at a low price which allow this to happen.
The Real Seymore

United States

#23 Nov 17, 2008
No, I am not a Nazi puke. I am a proud Jew who lives in Wilmette.

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