Re-Opening along Roosevelt Road

We’re  in Phase 4 of reopening, now, and there’s more  traffic along Roosevelt Road. A long way from everything being shut down,  except for essential things– like  mail service, auto mechanics, gas stations, grocery stores and drugstores.

The Turano Bakery along Roosevelt Road kept working, bread trucks traveling east and west, making deliveries.

At the height of the shutdown, there was almost no car traffic along Roosevelt Road.  There were a few busses.  I saw vans for plumbers, roofers  and carpenters. There were semis making deliveries to Walgreens. I called it Apocalypse Road, and it was eerie to walk past the closed-up storefronts, the begonias wilting in the barber shop windows.

Now, the barber shops are re-opening, masks and appointments required, but the signs on the doors are encouraging.

The vintage shop has special hours. How  many times on my way to the Jewel did I stop to marvel at the things behind the glass?

The locksmith, too is open– by appointment only, but open for business.

People are walking into the Bank of America lobby  again.

Dunkin Donuts is still dark inside, but the drive-thru is a line of traffic. Will people sit outside on the picnic tables again?

Across  Roosevelt Road, the tables are set up for outdoor dining at Fitzgerald’s.  There will be music there again.

And people are lining up for Gina’s Italian Ice!  Everyone careful to keep distance and wearing masks.  This is summer 2020. A young guy passes me on roller skates, wearing baggy cargo shorts and a mask,  eyes on his phone.

The Jewel still has special hours for Seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are still one-way signs and masks required, but today there are cucumbers!  And watermelon!  Coffee on sale!  Masks and baggy shorts are the summer style, although here in south Oak Park, I see some women are wearing breezy summer dresses.  Oh, don’t they look cool!

If the Salvation Army store along Roosevelt Road was open again, maybe I would go there, and look for a summer dress, or a big man’s shirt like I do every summer.  But that Salvation Army store  is closed, and gone for good.

Some things won’t be coming back.


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  • Thank you very much for the tour. It's good to learn about so much progress. Well done.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    On the other hand, does WG have any report that global warming is down, because traffic was down?

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes, there was an effect. I wrote a post, "This Day in History," that talks about it some. It's disturbing to me that so much of the way things are now is drive-thru and cars to get around. I do see more bicycles, some even on busy Roosevelt Road.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks for coming along! Roosevelt Road is a major road--but in April it was possible to walk in the street. And there was more bicycle traffic, too. Now, they're riding bikes on the sidewalks, again. We'll see....

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    It (along with Metra and Pace cutting service) seemed more a function of there being nowhere to go (other than, as you noted, the drive through). One thing I noted n was that pedestrians and bicyclists became more careless, acting, for instance, like social distancing meant walking or riding 3 across on the street, or that they didn't have to look before entering a crosswalk.

    I don't know if this was in your neighborhood, but I came across 4 (I guess) high school students beating the snot out of each other at Roosevelt and Des Plaines a couple of months ago. Other than giving tthem the horn, I figured not to get involved.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes, except for the people going to work, there was really nowhere to go. Public transit ridership way down. And yes, selfish and thoughtless behavior. And don't get me started with the fireworks! But that's everywhere.

  • Speaking of Jewel, there was a story in Yahoo!Finance a couple of months ago that lobster was real cheap, because Chinese imports were down, but no sign of that here until Jewel has an electronic coupon this week for 99 cent lobster tails, limit 2.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack. The lady in line behind me was getting salmon. It looked good!

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