Category Archives: Business

A Wasted Pop-up Opportunity

This one has everyone in our little group agitated to one degree or another. By now you’ve seen this building at the northeast corner of Rt. 83 and Rollins Road, a lonely little 2-unit strip site which housed a retailer of window treatments, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the old Applebee’s location

… and an update. It wasn’t just the RLB Applebee’s. The Franchise holder for all Applebee’s in Illinois went bankrupt a few months ago. There was a sale of assets, during which potential new owners would have a chance to … Continue reading

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A Perfect Fit for Panera!

We need one of THESE… … in THIS space (a rather rare-in-strip-malls, wide-format parking space)… at THIS local business… With so many meetings and “Let’s meet for coffee” going on at our local Panera bread, most of the cars we see bring … Continue reading

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To help you imagine…

Without even the wreckage of an old “downtown district” or village center from which to “re-build”, several residents have told us that they can’t even picture what a downtown here would look like, were there to be one in the wastelands between … Continue reading

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A Look at the “Replacement Generation” – I

As we examine policies and practices which guide planning and construction, it is critical that we consider “Why do we think the things we do?”, as embodied into Zoning, Codes, and Ordinances. Some of our actions are also the result of cultural … Continue reading

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Localism 101: Investing

What should we do to help build our local economy? What CAN we do? Have other communities made helpful changes that we can do here as well? Before we run out and maybe make a mistake because we just “Have to do … Continue reading

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