Monday, November 8, 2010

Lakewood sportsplex - a good idea?

Two comments about the Lakewood sportsplex were posted today to my September 19, 2009, article titled “IL 47 – why in Lakewood?) See the original article at

These important comments might not be seen as appended to that year-old article, so I’ll post them up-front here. Thanks to “photogray” for your comments.

“A concerned citizen might be able to be a "voice of reason". I wish you luck! There already is a sports complex less than 3 miles east of the new proposed location. Why? Is Lippold Park too full? Is it off limits to Lakewood residents? City officers too often see these projects as cash cows and push these agendas labeling them with all sorts of emotionally charged words like "Job Creator" and "for the kids". This is the sort of proposal that needs to be cut back. This is the sort of proposal that gets governments to borrow more money, way past our ability and willingness to pay for it. Don't yell but stand firmly in the way. Good luck and thanks for opposing this.”


“Land does not get gobbled. It gets taken bite by bite. Landowners willing to sell, cities wanting federal dollars,soccer moms thinking they drive too far already. This is the sort of proposal that should be evaluated critically not emotionally. There is already a sports complex three miles east of the proposed location. This is a proposal that should only be built out of need not want. Supporters will use emotionally charged words and phrases like "job creation" and "for the kids". But quality issues such as gridlock,watershed quality, incidence of vehicular accidents will not get the same discussion.
"If you value the lifestyle of McHenry county, please don't turn it into Cook county.”

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