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On the subject of irresponsible building I read a great line from some Tribune column a couple of months ago. The guy writing lived in Villa Park and was tongue in cheek envious of the wealth and prestige Elmhurst allegedly has. The guy talked about the proliferation of Mc Mansions and overdevelopment here then noted that "Elmhurst has the loosest building code enforcement outside of Houston, Texas."

I find it ironic that Mayor Marcucci encourages the proliferation of Mc Mansions in an effort to make Elmhurst appear to be more affluent, like posh North Shore communities such as Wilmette, Winnetka, Highland Park and Lake Forest. Yet, most of these communities and many others have strict regulations on how many teardown permits can be issued per year and how much house can be built on a given plot of land. This is done to prevent the overcrowding of a land parcel with too much house and too little yard. Too bad Elmhurst can't say the same thing.

One more thing. If you think you've seen lots of empty Mc Mansions around Elmhurst right now, wait til this summer. Many owners of these homes on steroids are going to be high-tailing it out of town when their 3 year Adjustable Rate Mortgages come due for re-allignment in the next 3 to 4 months. Not only will their monthly payments be going way up, they also have to continue to heat and cool these monstrosities.


Mick Kahler