Organic Growth vs Intentional Development

Saturday morning’s iGov session was a gift to those of us wishing we were still in grad school:  a somewhat academic but intriguing overview of urban planning, values-based economic development and the role of community engagement in designing plans and strategies to direct growth, investment and density.  The workshop provided both context and commentary on…

Had I Known…

Scrolling through Facebook on a Sunday morning, I first learn about so many around-town happenings that happened last week.  Events I wish I had known about before; events I wish I had attended.  Or at least helped to promote. We suffer from an abundance of riches in Oak Park and River Forest, with no lack…

Poaster Helps You Shop Local and Save

It’s here! Poaster is ready for prime time. This Friday, residents will start seeing advertisements on social media, email and print for this new “shop local” app. For a resident consumer, Poaster allows you to connect with local businesses and save money. Using an app on your smartphone, the Poaster website or even through Facebook,…

Recruiting Versus Retention

Friends’ stories of dropping off their children at college reminds me of our experience leaving our daughter at The Ohio State University a few years ago. With over ten thousand freshmen coming in each year, they have it down.  Orientation, registration, move-in day – it is one big well-oiled, scarlet and gray machine. More impressive…