On Friday, I received one of the regular alerts from OakPark.com with breaking news. Two of the three stories included put a small damper of my day.
The first one was about the potential elimination of the first free hour of parking in downtown Oak Park garages:
The first hour of free parking in Oak Park public garages might disappear in 2012, as part of a package of parking rate hikes village hall is considering.
The article goes on to say that drivers would possibly be charged $1 for the first two hours of parking. I'm the last person to moan and groan about parking in Oak Park because compared to parking in the city, it's still a steal. And I'm not going to get all worked up and threaten to do all of my shopping at the Oakbrook Mall. But I will say that I do like being able to zip into the garage for a quick errand and zip out for free. Certainly not the end of the world, but definitely a bummer.
The second bit of less-than-happy news was about the Borders on Lake Street. Apparently, there's a chance that all their stores could be closing, including the one in Oak Park:
While I have to admit that people like me are probably part of the reason for the demise of Borders (I've caught the e-books bug and when I do go to Borders, we mainly go to look at magazines), I feel like it's a pretty significant anchor store on Lake Street and the last thing Oak Park needs is another vacant storefront.
If Borders can't find a buyer to operate its bookstores this weekend, the chain's remaining locations might close, including the one in Oak Park.