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Old 02-12-2016, 04:49 PM
 
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Even though the population of McCook, IL is only 200 would you still call it a 'small town'?
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Old 02-14-2016, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Crook County, Illinois
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No, I wouldn't. Not because 200 is large for a town, but because McCook is an oddball suburb. It's about industry and businesses catering to factory workers (greasy spoon diners and dive bars, for instance), rather than housing and businesses catering to families (like most stereotypical suburbs). Most of its land area is taken up by large factories, quarries, and shipping facilities. There simply aren't enough residential areas to support a large population. It's nothing like a true small town with just a general store and a church.
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:11 AM
 
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No, I wouldn't. Not because 200 is large for a town, but because McCook is an oddball suburb. It's about industry and businesses catering to factory workers (greasy spoon diners and dive bars, for instance), rather than housing and businesses catering to families (like most stereotypical suburbs). Most of its land area is taken up by large factories, quarries, and shipping facilities. There simply aren't enough residential areas to support a large population. It's nothing like a true small town with just a general store and a church.
Like Bedford Park?
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:14 AM
 
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I don't think mccook has a post office.
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Old 02-15-2016, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Crook County, Illinois
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Like Bedford Park?
Haha! Bedford Park is similar to McCook, only looking at its map, it has a decent amount of residential areas. Still a lot of heavy industry, though. I'm sure it's location close to Midway and it's industry-friendly government promotes such land use. That's not a bad thing. We need factories and warehouses just as much as we need family housing and grocery stores.
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Old 02-15-2016, 06:17 PM
 
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I would call it an industrial suburb, as I would Bedford Park. Many villages do not have post offices. Some don't even have their own ZIP codes (not a large enough volume of mail) but they still mostly get mail delivery. Though I recently found out that Golf, a micro-village on the north side, does not.
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Chicago/rural southwest Ohio
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Like Bedford Park?
Almost like O'Hare, the community area of Chicago. It has the lowest population density in the city (under 1,000/sq.mi.) but not for any absence of activity; the airport and adjoining businesses just take up all the space.
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Old 02-24-2016, 08:07 AM
 
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Almost like O'Hare, the community area of Chicago. It has the lowest population density in the city (under 1,000/sq.mi.) but not for any absence of activity; the airport and adjoining businesses just take up all the space.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCook,_Illinois

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golf,_Illinois
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Old 02-24-2016, 08:16 AM
 
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Golf is a purely residential area. In contrast the handful people that (kind of foolishly...) end up living in McCook are there almost be accident -- the various boundary lines were probably cut before any grand plan of industrialized development were on the table. It is kind of like when you are on long distance road trip and you say "next motel I see is where I'll pull off" without any prior planning or recognition that there might be a much nicer motel another ten minutes ahead... McCook really has no positives to offer from a residential stand point. Golf is mostly a nice place to live .
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:40 PM
 
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I thought i read where McCook stinks. Thanks to a landfill. Is that still true?
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