Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 4, 1974, Page 7

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette July 4, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Thr Odar Rapids (iazettp: Thurs., July I, 1971 Oak Park Government Complex Fights Decay OAK PARK. Ill (AF)-This suburb across the street from Chicago's western edge is building a $4 5-million government complex in the heart of a dying neighborhood in hopes of stopping the traditional pattern of urban decay. In an attempt to impose stability and rejuvenate a limp economy, Oak Park is moving all village departments to the part of town where a large part of its 1,200 blacks live. Total population is 63.000 The move is among several the village board has taken in recent years to try to stop whites from fleeing neighborhoods where blacks move in. “What we’re saying to residents in a very tangible way is, We are not writing off (‘ast Oak Park We’re coming here to live’,” said Village Manager Lee Kills. Nearly Decade Oak Park, birthplace of Ernest Hemingway and studio for Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie architecture, has been trying for nearly a decade to regain the luster and prestige it enjoyed during the first half of the century Its tree-lined streets and large homes still present a pretty picture but the fear of decline is widespread among residents. The spillover from racially-changing neighborhoods in Chicago has made some blocks of Oak Park’s southeast end nearly half black Commercial activity withered; big businesses that operated for years moved out; transient storefront shops moved iii and shut down within months and economic stagnation began to spread to other parts of town “About two years ago we formed the economic development committee to come up with ideas for what an aging community like ours could do to revitalize our economic base,” Kills said. Five Buildings “Our village departments and services are operating out of five different buildings that are dirty, ugly and drafty. It sometimes takes me two days to communicate with a department head.” The committee joined its two primary recommendations into one: rejuvenate the blighted district by building a village hall complex in the area “It may be less centrally located but economic impact was the first consideration,” said Kills. The building is a square-block complex which will include a park area. • • •. '■ rn** —AP Wfreohoto Summer Scene A quiet, peaceful way to spend a summer afternoon is mirrored in the water at Denver as a youngster sailed his boat on a lake in Washington park. Whopping Turtle AP Wirephoto A big snapping turtle was held by Tom Terris after it was found on the bank of the Milwaukee river near Terris' restaurant in Milwaukee. 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  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Tom Terris

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: July 4, 1974