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What Would You Improve in H-F in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Homewood or Flossmoor (or both), what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Homewood and Flossmoor to make it an even better place to live?

Perhaps you would like to see more diversity in downtown local businesses. Maybe you the local elections in spring are on your mind. How about crime, or education? 

What is on your H-F wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below!

FlossmoorMom January 01, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Yes "Butch" I'm totally looking to retaliate....you have so obviously read and judged my character so well.
Kenny Banya January 02, 2013 at 01:10 AM
The only people still living in Flossmoor are stuck there. The average home price fell from 1980 to 2005-I won't even add in the subsequent loss due to the economy. All these carpetbaggers moved in because they couldn't believe the supposed value they were getting, when in fact the old timers were laughing at you for moving in at the peak of prices, HS test scores and community values. Where did they go? Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Downers, Naperville, all embody what Flossmoor used to be like.
SRJ January 02, 2013 at 05:30 AM
I've actually been here MY WHOLE life and it started to change in 2008. So sorry. Not the late 70's lol The highest home values were 2004-2008 :)
Wags69 January 02, 2013 at 05:48 AM
If I could change anything I would like to see the pessimistic trolls on these boards actually do something constructive rather than complain about how terrible Homewood and Flossmoor have gotten. Guess what - home values have fallen all over the country and particularly in the Chicagoland area. So get over your bitterness of the equity you lost in your home -- it was a real estate bubble and houses were valued too high. While you're at it you can get over your nostalgic hallucination of what Homewood and Flossmoor used to be. There's nothing wrong with Homewood and Flossmoor today that couldn't be fixed by a small group of committed citizens and what was good about this community in the past wasn't because of pessimistic do-nothings.
Susan 21 January 02, 2013 at 07:50 AM
As a Resident of Homewood, I would like to see some major improvements on 183rd street near Kedzie. The Homewood signage is dated and doesnt look as nice as the signs going into the downtown area. It seems after you reach governors hwy, the rest of Homewood is forgotten. The Jewel food store could also use some major improvements etc.
Kenny Banya January 02, 2013 at 02:31 PM
HAHA. Started to change in 2008? What are you, 20 yo? I moved there more than 60 years ago, stuck it out for 20, didn't want to move but saw the same changing demographics as South Shore, compounded by the location (used to be referred to as a south suburban island). Don't be ignorant. Do yourself a favor and read up on the history of the south side of Chicago and the flight to the south suburbs. Don't get me wrong, I'm not happy about it, really liked the area, but it is no longer a desirable community on any front.
Worthy January 02, 2013 at 04:44 PM
The majority of the postings that I am reading here are nothing more than thinly veiled racist remarks. In reality the racist have done more damage in constantly bashing the image of Flossmoor than any changing demographic has. Blacks for the most part have done nothing more than invest there hard earned money in the area buying nice homes with high property taxes. While more and more whites have moved out to orland and indiana. The median family income in flossmoor is currently over $150,000 a year by the way. Some ghetto. Flossmoor is a very nice area, let's not let the racist destroy it.
Kenny Banya January 02, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Half the families in Flossmoor earn more than $150k? Thats higher than Wilmette!!! Who knew?? And how many live below the poverty line? I knew it wouldn't take long for the "racist" remark to come out. You know what led to the decline? All the trash homes built in heather hills, and the wannabes that were attracted. All that was BB-before black.
BUTCH January 02, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Nothing thin about it your racism, it is terrorism to me, the mommas of the terrorists have been calling me racist since I blew the whistle on their gangster wannabe not so thinly veiled illegal activities next door to my house which has been abandoned for more than 3 years and will require a massive rehab which use to be a tremendous 5 BR with pool and on and on and now is boarded up symbol of every one is entitled to a Home or the Bubble of the Bush years which now thanks to racist gangster wannabe's is a eyesore while you enjoy living in Shang ra la the wannabe offspring were destroying towns that send their kids to HF and get the benefits of the taxes and additional add ons without the uses. Us old folks white and black or fools which is what the mommas call me are the victims of collateral damage we have also invested hard earned money in what was nice areas but still has high taxes thanks to the HF gangsters most of the remaining old fools who had the same expectations when we sent our kids to a school that had a high achievements are toast, our homes and area use to be a selling point and still is if u compare it to the killing zone schools of the South side, but if they destroyed neighboring homes as the HF wannabe's did we have nothing but memories which can be racist but are usually accurate.
Kenny Banya January 02, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Wow, thanks for the intel on what Flossmoor will look like in the future. Doesn't come close to what it was in the past, a highly affluent, educated, safe community. Flossmoor will never be Beverly or Hyde Park because of location and city access. It's not even Oak Park. However, it is and will continue to be Roseland,
Dinkum January 02, 2013 at 07:37 PM
How to improve H-F? That's easy. All "Butch and Kenny" believers leave H-F. Take your pretzel logic and exaggerated sense of who you are and scram. You don't want to be here and we don't want you here. In lieu to this idea, we all agree to ignore them. They get too much air time (hot).
RJMartin January 02, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Moving To Homewood I think "Butch" is actually a teenager with too much time on his hands and is actually part of the "dumbing down" he continues to mention, hence "u" instead of "you" and the run-on sentences. Not sure when or where you attended school, but this ----> . <---- is called a period. You might want to use it so your ramblings make a little bit of sense. Sadly I've noticed that almost every paper that covers the northern and western suburbs have residents engaging in intelligent and productive comments about their communities, even when disagreeing with each other. Papers covering the south suburbs are full of ignorant and racist, yes there's that word, comments. This reflects badly on a community where the majority are decent, highly-educated folks. Homewood and Flossmoor are NOT ghetto places, all you have to do is drive around to see that. However, they do have ghetto residents, as does every community in the United States because "ghetto" is also defined as low-class or unrefined. And we all know that low-class people come in all colors. Agreeing with others, "Don't Feed the Trolls."
BUTCH January 02, 2013 at 09:49 PM
HEY DINK English majors aka REAL ESTATE MOVERS, u don't like bad news? The topic was," how to make SHANG RA LA better" THE racist old survivors are no longer giving their homestead to the lowest bidders as we were forced to do in the 60's on the South Side see how great that turned out? Good for u I bet! Gresham, West Englewood, Gage Park, Marquette park our old stomping grounds are now as safe as Juarez or any Cartel settlement this side of the Hindu Kush! Sadly Real Estate mover I thought everyone but Real estate Brokers looking for deals would be happy there actual tax payers willing to stand up to the GANGSTERS - terrorists in any part of paradise aka HF or adjoining towns where the gangsters and terrorists do NOT live but party 24/. ,HW and FLOSS MOOR are where they retire to after the party is over! shang ra la are u aware of the place?
Worthy January 02, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Too much holiday cheer to drink. Ha Butch?
BUTCH January 02, 2013 at 09:58 PM
yep Cranberry juice really gets me movin!
Proud Homewood Resident January 02, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Thanks for posting positive comments about Homewood. I just moved here in June 2012 and I love it!
T'sMom January 02, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I've lived in Homewood for over 30 years, I agree it's changing and not for the best. Especially on my block, which has 3 rental houses to the east of my property, one next to me which is Section 8 with an absentee owner, who doesn't care about the property just as long as he gets his money from HUD by renting it to these disrespectful people, who come and go at all times of the night along with lots of noise and loud cars with no Homewood stickers but are parked at this residence 7 days a week. These rental houses need to be monitored to keep this from happening. I've informed the village of this rental house which is problem but nothing is done so there goes my neighborhood along with the decline in my property value. Plus I just received my water bill which went up an additional $25.00, due to Mayor Rahm and lack of concern from Homewood's Village President & board, who are only concerned about making life good for themselves and not the taxpayer who supplies them with the money. It's getting harder for me to live in Homewood & to keep up with Homewood's excessive taxes and careless spending.
SRJ January 03, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Kenny & Butch have way to much time on their hands.
BUTCH January 03, 2013 at 07:13 PM
The high cost of doing biz will be higher with Water rates etc that's everywhere and that's why u need a Casino at that location BB the Washington Park race track employed a great part of HW with no crime it brought new businesses to the surrounding area of Halsted all the way to da Hts and into Harvey but this is the oxy exotic drugs era, there will never be a Trader Joe's or MEIJER maybe SAM'S if u make it a no tax enterprise zone.
Ron Wexler January 04, 2013 at 01:07 PM
I have lived in Homewood since 1971 and have been selling homes here since 1984. Our home prices have gone down just like the rest of the country...its not abour our neighborhood, or our schools or our diversity. When our values skyrocketed it was with the rest of the country and when they fell it followed the same trajectory. As to the area as a place to live...I could live anywhere I want and when I got married I moved 3 blocks and when we had our 3rd kid I moved 2 more blocks...HF is an amazing place to live, a spectacular place to raise a family, my children played on the same little league fields I did, they went to the same schools and even had some of the same teachers I did, theres a reason so many of us have chosen to stay here and enjoy our Mayberry of the Midwest area! Of course there will always be room for improvement and growth...thats life anywhere. I am committed to our community as are so many of the amazing people who live here. As far as my dream list...would love it if we had a Trader Joes...beyond that its all good!
babyboomer January 04, 2013 at 01:58 PM
I agree with you Ron, I have lived here since 1984, and have seen a lot of changes, both good and bad, and I say that a Casino in a location that was nothing more than a brothel is a very bad idea.The money that we gained would be lost in increased crime and gang activity.
babyboomer January 04, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Well Flossmoor Mom, I see you are not using your real name!!
DJ Morgan January 04, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Well said Wags.
BUTCH January 04, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Well a empty lot on land that was a brothel is a upgrade! The Casino contribution to the tax rolls for the village schools and surrounding area will insure u will have no gang or obvious drug activity while modernizing the AGING infrastructure what is wrong with HF is the people who live there believe they the chosen made it SHANG RA LA without any help from the RR, Washington Park RACE TRACK and WWII. These amazing schools, places of worship and people are endowed by their amazing dNA and do not need a racetrack or Casino they still have downtown Home sweet Homewood and Kmart Target while the IC which will also be a thing of the past with the new owners concentrating on other areas. Boomer has not contributed as much as DINK on how to make HF better,Ron sells houses everything is outstanding while on the border and in HOME SWEET HW there are enclaves of abandoned Sec 8 HOUSES with even brothels and other illicit activities going on just like every normal place in the phony real-estate BUBBLE. ! I stand by my contribution what makes HF better is a Casino just as it has for Joliet and new principal, Deans, attendance and truancy officials for the Angels in heaven on earth.
Juvenal January 04, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Says one of the "price 'em low and move 'em fast" realtors who basically blockbusted and then redlined the various neighborhoods in HF. Doesn't matter if the buyer will be foreclosed, or bring in a batch of cousins from the city to live, or will use the house as a mail drop for HF school residency. A sale is a sale, right?
Marie B. January 05, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Finally!!!! Thank you, Wags69 for your comment "There's nothing wrong with Homewood and Flossmoor today that couldn't be fixed by a small group of committed citizens..." Before buying my home in Flossmoor, we considered moving to Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Downers, Naperville and Frankfort; because they're not in Cook County with the high taxes! My husband and I chose Flossmoor/Homewood because of its history of good schools for our kids and the family-oriented community. What would I change? 1) Residents to stop complaining or making excuses & help make a change! 2) Stop blaming Truant or Police Officers & make the parents babysit their own kids! 3) Attend Board Meetings, voice your complaint, sign petitions for more officers 4) Project your investments & stop allowing your neighbors to be victimized 5) HF Community Neighborhood Watch Organizers 6) Residents/parents should volunteer to help the school districts 7) Help enforce the laws that streets are for vehicles, not teenagers walking in the middle of it or playing basketball/football in the middle of them...use your driveway 8) HF should hire Community Officers so the Police Officers can focus on crime 9) Add street lights in the residential areas/subdivisions where crime increased 10) Parents stop socializing when dropping off/picking up kids can reduce accidents
Mr Who January 05, 2013 at 06:36 PM
My question is is Butch and Banya moved and don't like HF that much then why do you want to bother the community members trying to have a meaningful discussion about OUR community. You did not like it here. You moved. Ok then let it go.
BUTCH January 05, 2013 at 08:33 PM
@Mr Who it IS your residents REAL ESTATE red liners and HS students that have done their best to destabilize MY Shangra-la, read what Juvenal the Poet, Ts Mom and baby boomer are also saying we are the voices trying to improve HOME SWEET HOMEWOOD and Flossmoor which is the topic. KENNY MOVED and stated some of his reasons why,Ron REAL ESTATE moved an office and lies why! Ts MOM and I are NOT going to move it is out of our hands thanks to u and your meaningful lack of anything worthwhile, U should be proud to live in a community that will soon be toast if the likes of u continue to do something meaningful, Alec could not have done it better. What is meaningful
BUTCH January 06, 2013 at 08:07 PM
I think the politically correct will close this thread if it hasn't it must be edited by WEXLER REALTY
Mary-Jo January 06, 2013 at 11:01 PM
AGREE! HF is different than it was for us who grew up here, but we all still love it. All areas have changed...the world has changed. I think Butch and Kenny would be unhappy wherever they lived. Criticism should be coupled with suggestions for positive change. Just plain complaining is lazy and comes off as rather dim.

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