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Old 03-19-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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Default Oak Park and River Forest: politics

Does anyone have a sense for how liberal or conservative these two communities are?
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Old 03-19-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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Oak Park is a prototypical "limousine liberal" town right out of Massachusetts -- well off academics, medical professional, public policy lawyers living together with a smattering of racial minorites despite the fact that the economic situation of the haves and have nots is hugely disparate.

River Forest is bit less polar, the citizenry is generally fiscally more conservative than its neighboring Oak Parkers, but not all so openly idealogical. There are probably more folks with higher incomes, but they are also quieter and less "wear it on your sleeve" about anything relating to politics.

There are fair number of folks that could afford to live in either town and choose to live in whichever lovely home that comes available to them, regardless of what the mailing address say, but the hard core activist type would scorn a well priced home if it were not in the Oak Park zip code...
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Old 03-19-2010, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Actually, I believe Oak Park is about 40% rentals. Although there is a significant "limousine liberal contingent", the population here includes a lot more than a smattering of of racial minorities and those of low socio-economic status.

Regarding politics, both are reliably very liberal.

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Old 03-21-2010, 08:43 AM
 
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Another fun fact is that both of these communities are suburbs of Chicago.
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Wrong forum.
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:07 AM
 
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Default Oak Park demographics

Chet must have Oak Park confused with another town. According to the most recent figures:

-- over 40% of Oak Park residents are renters, and there is a considerable amount of Section 8 housing

-- over 30% of Oak Park residents are minority ("smattering"??)

-- People of all income levels live in Oak Park, and-- as a corollary-- there is great diversity in the housing stock. While Oak Park is notable for its expensive stately homes, those are primarily located in one pocket (the NW quadrant). Most of the town is actually pretty affordable by Chicagoland standards, with plenty of single-family homes currently listed under $300K (and condos are considerably cheaper).

The "limousine liberal" label is highly inaccurate. Liberal, sure. But, statistically speaking, "limousine" applies to only a small percentage of the population.
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago
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The minorities, especially lower income live mostly east of ridgeland. There are also minorities (mostly black) that are affluent that live further north and west. Try to find a decent sfh north of lake and west of oak park ave. There are also plenty of million plus homes north of lake just east of oak park ave.
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