Wilmette: A small-town oasis on the N...

Wilmette: A small-town oasis on the North Shore

There are 23 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 6, 2008, titled Wilmette: A small-town oasis on the North Shore. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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.

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Since: Jul 07

PARK RIDGE IL.

#24 Jan 7, 2009
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.
What is this with you nutcases that everything has to be torn down for something ne and modern?

If it bugs you that much then move to some place that's more modern?
reza santorini

Skokie, IL

#25 Feb 21, 2009
I once lived in Wilmette and loved it. My area was diverse, we had lots of Asians, Christians and Jews. My block had blacks and even foreigners. East Wilmette was much more expensive and was heavily WASP. So what.
What WHAT

Glendale Heights, IL

#27 Jan 21, 2016
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.
My town was destroyed by affordable housing. Their not hard working folks getting ahead, what kills me is the north shore votes democrat, well good job because it's creeping your way...an entire culture crippled and destroyed because of entitlements and blame. It's not a poor thing it's a G thang and when your little girls getting pumped by a thug while you're at the tennis club remember how you voted...you can be poor and have class, know right and wrong, this isn't a color thing it's an animal thing and Chicago's flood gates have opened. Cheers everybody! Good job voting btw.

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