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Hi Bill.

I read your letter in The Independent (8/9/06). I might not agree with you on every point, but I think that overall, you & I are on the same page.

I think itís great that Elmhurst is growing, developing, & earning itself a name. But I feel that the way it is growing is not the most flattering. Specifically, I am very concerned about a) dividing one lot in order to build two large homes, & b) building residential & commercial building that are just down right ugly.

Instead of preserving our history by making builders put up structures that reflect an old-world ambiance, our city government agrees to any sloppy building so long as it brings in tax dollars. I am very disheartened at some of the structures that recently went up, such as the mini-mall on the south-west side of North & 83, as well as the awful medical building on the south-west side of Second & Addison. I was hoping that Elmhurst would try to mimic the look of Hinsdale, Glen Ellyn, or Geneva. Our mayor seems to think that all is well so long as new buildings are going up & property value is increasing. But I beg to differ. In spite of all the new construction, our downtown is still in essence a one-block strip down York from First to Second. Decisions are constantly being made by our City Government that are non-beneficial & irreversible to Elmhurst.

I am not sure how to go about fixing this issue. I am simply not happy with our Major & his decision-makers. The more I speak to people, the more I see how morale is definitely not where it should be.

Good luck, & let me know if I can do anything.

Liz Ambrogi