Category Archives: Economics

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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Voice from the Past – 1

It’s been 20+ years. Enough time has gone by.  Was she right, or was she wrong? What do you think? Chicago Tribune article: “Summer Resort Develops a New Identity“

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Food for your Homestead

As the economy continues to stagnate, the “trickle-down” of Federal funds trickles even less due to the “Sequester“, and the State of Illinois falls further behind in payments. Belts are tightened another notch, and the local and regional outlooks for the … 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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Round Lake Area Bike Racks

So maybe we talked you into dusting-off your bicycle and tooling around our village to see what it’s like on two wheels. Wouldn’t it be nice if you DID find someplace you wanted to go to, that once you were there you … 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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A Local Farmers’ Market as a Business Incubator

Business Incubator (Wikipedia): “Programs designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business-support resources and services.” “Business Incubation” programs are popping-up all over the country as local Chambers of Commerce, Business Associations, municipal governments and … Continue reading

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Own The Sidewalk

This post, written by Joe Nickol, co-founder of StreetSense.Org, stands on its own (we don’t normally post an ENTIRE piece by some else) as to the critical role that working sidewalks serve in municipalities of ALL sizes. As we complete the build-out of Round … Continue reading

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