Wednesday, April 21, 2010

25th Annual Oak Park River Forest Kitchen Walk

One Day April 24, 2010 - 10 Kitchens

Parenthesis will be having their annual Kitchenwalk an opportunity to tour 10 remarkable kitchens in Oak Park & River Forest. See how contemporary character is blended with historical arichitecture. Tickets are $45 the day of the walk or $40 in advance.

For more information call Parenthesis at 708-848-2227

Monday, April 12, 2010

Revealing Ridgeland - East Oak Park Housewalk

The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest will be having their housewalk Saturday April 17th from 10am to 3pm. The walk will consist of 8 homes in the Ridgeland Historic District. Some of the styles featured include Victorian, English Gothic, Arts and Crafts and two Prairie Style homes designed by E. E. Roberts and Henry Fiddelke.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the walk. For information call 708-848-6755

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Economy Cools Migration to Cities in the Sun Belt

According to the New York Times, southern and western U.S. cities that attracted waves of newcomers after 2000 expanded less rapidly or lost migrants to other markets in the wake of economic recession and a popped housing bubble, according to new census data.

As an example, only two other cities -- Detroit and Youngstown, Ohio -- registered a higher rate of population decline than Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Fla., which logged the fastest growth during the bubble in the middle of the decade.Other once-popular metro areas that lost more residents than they gained include Las Vegas; Bakersfield, Calif.; and Manhattan.

Demographers say mobility was affected by the recession, because there were no jobs to entice workers to relocate. Moreover, many seniors were stuck with homes that they could not sell or were forced to put off retirement because of eroded savings. "These new data show that the migration slowdown continues and may not let up in the foreseeable future," stated Brookings Institution demographer William Frey.