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Old 02-26-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Chicago, Little Village
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I'd be more willing to say it were walkable if downtown Riverside had, well, just more stuff (though you are certainly more familiar with its offerings than I am). But Riverside is certainly more walkable than most suburbs. But not compared to much of Oak Park.
Their downtown, as beautiful as it is, has thus far never taken off because, well, if you're not familiar with the area, it just isn't easily accessible to outsiders visiting by car, as opposed to Oak Park, Berwyn, Forest Park, etc. which have business districts on main regional arteries like Lake St., Cermak Rd., Madison St., etc. Locals can only support so much business, regardless of how wealthy they are. To have a truely vibrant downtown, you have to be a regional draw.

If you do not know Riverside, you will instantly get lost, guaranteed, and may not reappear for days. And there's sure as heck no way to orally give directions to someone on how to get somewhere in Riverside. I get a headache just thinking about it.

Hopefully, in this day and age of automobile navigation systems, this will change.
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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If you do not know Riverside, you will instantly get lost, guaranteed, and may not reappear for days. And there's sure as heck no way to orally give directions to someone on how to get somewhere in Riverside. I get a headache just thinking about it.
This is one of the things I like about Riverside. It reminds me of Boston. All it needs is a complement of maniacal, homicidal, suicidal drivers to complete the picture.
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:26 PM
 
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I always seem to end up going in circles past the same places in Riverside. And if it's cloudy and I can't see the position of the sun, I'm screwed.
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Galewood
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Driving through Riverside is always an experience especially at night since there aren't many light polls throughout the village and all you can depend on is people who are parked on the street with their parking lights on- it can be fun if the police aren't around, but they always seem to be around
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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What are peoples thoughts on Forest Park? It seems the one big drawback is the schools, is there anything else I'm missing?
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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What are peoples thoughts on Forest Park? It seems the one big drawback is the schools, is there anything else I'm missing?
Its nice, especially the area closest to Madison St. Other than the schools, its historically been seen as more blue collar than Oak Park (ie lower socio-economic). Obviously that's changed somewhat as people got priced out of OP.
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