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Kicking the Economy into High Gear: Stimulus Comes to Kenilworth

John Powers 30 June 2010 4 Comments

In case you had any doubts if our stimulus dollars were being spent wisely, here’s a cameo from Wilmette Avenue, the portal to Kenilworth, Illinois of just how important the stimulus is to economic growth.   Given that Wilmette is one of the wealthiest villages in Illinois, and Kenilworth is the wealthiest village in Illinois (and #11 in the USA), can’t these anointed areas afford their own street maintenance?

And yes, that is the Methodist Church from Home Alone in the east half of the shot.


John Powers is the President of the Chicago Daily Observer, a Wilmette resident, and not much of a photographer.


  • Mike Buck said:

    Maybe the stimulus funds are being used to repair the cobblestone side streets that still exist in portions of Wilmette, you know, a kind of historical preservation project, a North Shore version of the proposed recertification of Route 66 that’s been talked about for some time. I’m sure that replacing those old bricks is very labor intensive work…a lot of jobs there, and critical to real estate values and the local quality of life. Three weeks ago I talked to a realtor at a showing of a lavish house a bit east of Indian Hills in Wilmette. She told me that she had done eight sales in the previous month and the real estate market on the North Shore was making a strong comeback, proof positive that this injection of federal funds into that community has worked!!! Wish that were the case down here in the south suburbs where very little is moving.

    Remember the Bizaro World in the old Superman Comics? Against our will we are now living in it. Pray that at some point this festival of idiocy ends.

  • John Powers (author) said:

    Sounds good Mike, but I don’t believe that many houses are moving. My favorite example (in Glencoe) has been on the market for around 3 years now and is 20% down from the original listing price.

    This after more than 2 years after WTTW told us that this house was “sure to sell in the next few months”, and trumpeted as evidence as stated by Phil Ponce that the “Super rich doing better than ever”.


  • Mike Buck said:

    My condolences to the owner of the home in Glencoe. My observations about the real estate market on the North Shore were based on evidence that was purely anecdotal although I believe the source to be reliable. But you live up there and I’ve had little contact with the area since my folks, who resided in Wilmette, died in 2005. Regardless of what state the North Shore real estate market is in, on this we can agree; the concept of dumping federal stimulus money onto the Wilmette-Kenilworth border is obscene. “Bizzaro Santa Claus take Christmas gifts from poor kids in orphanage, give them to rich kids in Kenilworth Mansions.”

  • John Powers (author) said:

    I am all in favor of the housing market picking up, but I don’t think WTTW can use resentment as an effective marketing tool for old mansions.

    The stimulus is just moronic. We have people being turned out of homeless shelters, while the Sheridan Road is torn up for the umteenth time in the last umteen years. I would prefer the Feds stayed out of both homeless and Sheridan Road, but you have to prioritize health and safety.



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