Several years ago on North Atherton Street two mobile home parks were closed and more than 90 families were displaced. They were folks who were employed and able to survive on minimum wage jobs because their rents were low. They are all moved away now, but the properties still stand, undeveloped, with the trees serving as living reminders of the families who lived there.
North Atherton probably doesn’t need another strip mall or big box store, but a green space or park could fill that space, and the trees are still standing. It could even be named after the developer who moved everyone out, and would probably be a good tax write-off for the owners. Many towns have nice parks along main thoroughfares that are a welcome respite for passers-by: just an idea to contemplate.
Susan F. Smith, Lemont