|High-end condo construction in Oak Park's downtown 700 W Lake Street / 147 N Euclid (photo Eric Rojas, Kale Realty)|
YoChicago has sharp video of one of the new developments along with attractive downtown footage. I've touched on the somewhat controversial recent boom in higher-end condo and apartment projects in Oak Park. New construction, especially apartments, tend to get a handful existing neighbors riled up. Common complaints are congestion (traffic!), parking (!) blocked views and shade.
New development and density certainly helps local business and tax revenue. A large urban area has to keep churning and redeveloping. It makes sense to add residences "upward" near transportation, on major arteries and near walk-able businesses (reducing the use of cars). Is there too much apartment development near Oak Park's downtown? Curbed Chicago has highlighted several recent developments.