Glen Ellyn reminiscent of a small New England town

Glen Ellyn reminiscent of a small New England town (Daily Herald) - Glen Ellyn, a charming town with a New England flavor and quaint downtown, features the picturesque Lake Ellyn as its centerpiece. About 35 years ago, Pattie Murray, a Realtor with Koenig & Strey, wanted to see "Godspell," which was playing at the Glen Theater in Glen Ellyn.

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posted by scarlettohara on Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:24 AM

Keep in mind if you're thinking of moving here, while being very beautiful, the locals are in a class by themselves. I have lived in Glen Ellyn most of my life and I have come to the conclusion that because many of the locals feel they have found Shangri La, their attitutes toward the 'real world' become very rigid, innaccurate and, in many cases that I personally observed, cold and thoughtless. Because many choose to never venture outside of Glen Ellyn unless they absolutely have to, they tend to lack, what Jennifer Aniston coined when describing Brad Pitt, a "Sensitivity Chip". Also, if you move in, many will judge you and your children from year to year by what you do, how much money you make and how your children are excelling in school. See "Pleasantville" before they all go color and you'll see what you're in for. Like I said, it's pretty, but the locals are completely out of touch with the 21st century, and happy about that.

posted by Jan64 on Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:15 AM

Scarlet, I so agree. 90 percent of the apartments on Roosevelt Road and near it are filled with some very scary people. Glen Ellyn would also not want you to know that there is quite a large number of homeless people that hang out in town. If you live there, it's not quite all it's really cracked up to be. It looks nice, but...

posted by admiral on Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:55 AM

Now who is being small here? It sure sounds like Scarlettohara and Jan64 are!

Scarlett -- You speak as though you personally know each and every 27,000+ residents in Glen Ellyn and you have judged just about each and every one of us to be as you described above. How would you feel if I labeled you in an unflattering way just because you have one common connection to a group? I'm not saying that your experience of GE hasn't happened to you, but don't smear the rest of us by implying we're all snooty people here. I believe you are leaving out many good parts of your GE life story.

Jan -- Do you know all of those folks in those apartments? Maybe one or more of them provided a service to you at a business you patronize and count on, at a school your children attend(ed) or where you work(ed). Were they scary then? Where should they live? Do you know their life story? Come on, be a little kinder.

I'm running out of space, so I'll say is GE is a great, BALANCED place to work, play and live. The stuff you two are blathering about is part of life ... anywhere you live. No place is perfect. Deal with it. For my family and I, GE is our choice. It's a good one.

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posted by havealife on Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:40 AM

Admrial, Good, stick up for your self. Your right all towns have all different types of people. But it is nice to see these idiots ragg'n on someone else stead of Barrington.

posted by GEisGreat on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:36 PM

As a 11-year resident of Glen Ellyn there are wonderful things and there are some things that are not so great. The wonderful things far outnumber the "scary." Having lived in Berwyn, Oak Park, Plainfield, Chicago, (3 months in Europe), Broadview, Elmhurst and now Glen Ellyn, the concerns stated above apply to any town where others seem a little different. (To gain an appreciation for being an outsider or a newcomer, live abroad for a few months!)

There are diverse groups of people residing along Roosevelt Rd where apartments are more affordable. Personally, I'm glad the children of these families attend my childrens' public school. It offers balance to the 99.9% white affluent population that live here, and demonstrates that our world consists of many cultures, colors and races that need to coexist.

My impression is that the majority of my fellow Glen Ellyn friends and neighbors realize we are blessed to live in such a safe community with great schools, and appreciate the differences that exist beyond our border, and sometimes within. For an intimate view of Glen Ellyn visit: Pack your skates, the Norman Rockwell Lake Ellyn is open for ice skating!

posted by Jan64 on Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:17 PM

Admiral, I lived in one of those apartments for 8 years. When my next store neighbor was murdered by her boyfriend, I moved. As a single mother, I no longer felt safe in that area. My in-laws moved to a home off of 53 when it was still a dirt road. I have been in and around the area for about 25 years. Glen Ellyn's dirty little secret is Roosevelt Road, the former Best Western and the some of those "lovely" apartments on Roosevelt. Glen Ellyn takes great pride in covering up much of the criminal activity that happens there. A lot of towns do that. I will agree that the public school system there is fantastic. I am curious if you would share your opinion as to why there seem to always be a lot of homes for sale on Main Street (North of Roosevelt) and the neighboring blocks? A few years back, the turnover seemed high to me.

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posted by SaucyWench on Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:05 PM

I'm going to have to agree with Jan64. Roosevelt Road IS the "dirty little secret". And Miss Scarlett isn't too far off the mark, either. Yes, Glen Ellyn is a cute, quaint town but it's far from the perfect New England village they're trying to copy.

posted by admiral on Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:27 PM

Jan, If you lived there for 8 years there must be some reason why you lived there that long before you moved. Maybe many of those people are there for the same reason -- but surely they are not all scary as you imply. Then you would have to be scary too and I am sure you are far from that.

It would be nice if the apartments you speak of were improved, but that is up to the Landlords and the Tenants. Glen Ellyn can do certain things (and probably does) with regard to code enforcement on the structure of the buildings/property and police patrols, but the apartments are probably privately owned and it's up to the landlords to do a good job of screening and managing the tenants and property. It makes good financial sense.

Why there is turn over of houses near the apartments, I don't know. Maybe they're moving up just like you did.

You are entitled to your opinion, I just object to statements that over state the situation.

posted by Q34 on Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:43 PM

We have lived in Glen Ellyn for about four years now, and I haven't had the displeasure of meeting ALL 27,000+ residents, the very many that I have met do seem to believe they live in Shangri La. While the Lake Ellyn area is lovely, the rest of Glen Ellyn suffers from the pretention and high-brow mindset of those few.

Did Ms. Giewald note that none of the boutiques downtown are open no later than about 6 or 7pm on any given day? Did she notice the plethora of homeless people inhabiting our parks and sleeping on benches at dusk? Did she venture past the downtown area and drive on roads that require off-roading tires because there are so many potholes and cracks, some bigger than my car tire? Did she ask why my taxes have increased over 20% in four years, and yet the road outside my condo complex hasn't been paved since before I moved here? Did she ask why my increased taxes are being used to create more parks for bums instead of giving us better plowing and salting in the winter? How about a paid fire department instead of volunteer?

For a town as "wonderful" as Glen Ellyn, it leaves much to be desired. Lovely, yes. But don't expect civic services to parallel the scenery.

posted by Professor Windsoe on Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:11 PM

I agree with the homeless comments. As a single parent and a 15 year resident of Glen Ellyn I have seen the downtown area hosting a growing number of homeless who come in to take advantage of the numerous homeless shelters within walking distance of the train station. Many hang out in the library to get out of the cold/heat and make the kids who are library patrons feel uncomfortable. During the summer they sleep on the Prairie Path and in the various parks waiting for the shelters to open.

If this situation adds to the picturesque New England flavor then I guess New England must be overrun with homeless.

posted by bethawood on Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:49 PM

I was born in 1939 and grew up and lived in Glen Ellyn until two years ago. I was also a Realtor for many years. I agree that it looks like a New England village in some places, but so many of the quaint homes and the homey people have fled and it is turning into just another Chicago suburb.

My parents had businesses downtown and everyone knew everyone else. If someone needed something or fell on hard times there were numerous people that would step in and help. What the current pictures don't show are the buildings downtown that are empty because of the increase in rents which I suspect may also be related to the increased taxes. Also not shown are the hundreds of homes that were torn down to make way for cookie cutter new larger ones inhabited by many people that don't care about Glen Ellyn's charm or history.

In fact, the village and historical society even tore down an old early 20th century store that was at 5 corners for parking. It had been a great source of joy to many a school child from Forest Glen who would go by for penny candy. It could have been a wonderful museum for commerce in the early 20th century as Stacy's is for the early 19th. Change is fine but GE's is sad

That building was NOT torn

That building was NOT torn down for parking.

It was falling apart, and they are making it a historical park in conjunction with the Stacy's Tavern museum.

Hence, the grass they planted on the property.

Shows how often these people actually pay attention to "their town".

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