Via the Chicago Architectural Club, here's a last-minute addition to the July calendar. This Wednesday, July 12th, Architreasures will hold a fundraiser celebrating its 10th Anniversary with its Jewels in July event at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Avenue, from 6:00 to 10:00 P.M.
Tickets are $75.00 in advance, $100 at the door. Food, drink, and a silent auction will be featured, and the group's Gems of the Community Awards will be presented to architect Peter Landon, The Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Architreasures brings together "architects, artists, educators and urban activists with community groups, students and neighborhood organizations" to come up with ideas for redeveloping Chicago neighborhoods. Call 773/776.1040, or Hoopla Communications at 773.486.6920 for tickets.
Oak Park has developed perhaps the worst reputation in the Chicago region as a location for people who want to redevelop aging village centers. When a neighboring town like Forest Park is so receptive to new projects and tenants, I expect that those who build will soon abandon Oak Park for other locations.
But apparently Pope and his constituants can simply rely on residential taxpayers to cover the lost revenue.
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