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What Would You Improve in Naperville in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Naperville, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

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As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Naperville to make it an even better place to live?

North Central College recently announced plans to team up with the city of Naperville to replace a long-time downtown Naperville eyesore with a new park. Other major developments include the proposed Water Street Hotel as well as a new Super Wal-Mart.  

Throughout the year, some residents have brought up the idea of installing speed cameras to curb excessive speeding. So, what is on your Naperville wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog in Local Voices about why you love living here!

Despiser of Obama December 27, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Mister Mike no need of your advice. I'm very capable in handling myself and know my boundaries within the law. If in fact I did have a problem with a traffic dispute, who would the Police believe. I think it would definitely be me.
Mister Mike December 27, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Well, please be careful. If you are ever in an accident and the other party's lawyer sees what you've written, it might not turn out well for you. I'm not particularly sympathetic to your tone. A friend of mine on a motorcycle was the victim of the type of stunt you advocate--a driver who felt she was going too slow in a construction zone, passed her and then slammed on his brakes in front of her, causing a collision. She ended up permanently disabled and Mr. Road Rage ended up in prison. Unfortunately for him, an off-duty police officer witnessed the incident, as did a number of others, two of whom detained the perp. The conduct you advocate is a far greater danger to others than the speeders of whom you complain. Please reevaluate your response to the other motorists who displease you before something tragic happens.
Despiser of Obama December 27, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I also never said I would drive around someone , cut in front of them and slam on my brakes. However if someone is tailgating me, there's no law saying I can't slow down or come to a stop.
Mister Mike December 27, 2012 at 04:05 AM
"Someone tries to change lanes and wants to cut in front of me without a directional. Guess what I don't let them in!" . . . "( ! ) holes still think its necessary to tailgate. I may have to stop suddenly!!" . . . "Well they have a surprise coming if it continues , I'm not moving for the speeders tailgating me, but a slam of the brakes instead." My intent is not to lecture you, but to suggest that you may need to reevaluate your own behavior behind the wheel. When others make a mistake while driving--willful or not--responding in anger often results in tragedy. In referring to battery, I hoped to point out that using a vehicle as a weapon is a felony. If someone is injured or killed as a result of the type of conduct you advocate, you most certainly have committed a crime. Really, it's better to simply report the offense than to try to exact your own punishment.
Despiser of Obama December 27, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I know the law, what I can and can't do. Like I said if one tailgates someone, no law says one can't stop or slow down. Now if someone strikes the rear of my car while tailgating me and I stop, who is at fault? The other driver. Law states no one shall tailgate and must be in full control of their vehicle. There's a law called following to close and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
The Sentinel December 27, 2012 at 01:21 PM
MMike, better to just leave Vera alone. Nothing is going to change Vera's twisted sense in determining what's legal and what's just good driving. One day Vera's going to go too far and push the wrong buttons of a driver and cause an accident. Maybe then it'll dawn on him/her that his/her judhement ws flawed. We'll be reading about Vera and road rage sometime in the Patch and probably it'll be sooner than later.
Mister Mike December 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I'm going to leave this conversation, but for anyone else who's willing to listen, it's really never a good idea to act in anger on the highway, even if the other guy is in the wrong. Others, completely innocent, can be hurt or killed. Some time ago, a friend of mine on the NFD told me the story of a woman who did exactly what Despised suggests, slamming on her brakes to express her ire toward a truck driver. The guy in the truck wasn't able to stop, and it subsequently took the Fire Department two hours to extract the irate woman's crushed and decapitated body from her mangled car. Playing Junior Sheriff seldom works out well.
Despiser of Obama December 27, 2012 at 03:29 PM
What Would You Improve in Naperville in 2013? The upcomIng protest at the new IVF center on Washington and hopefully it can be shut down faster than it can open.
Mister Mike December 27, 2012 at 04:14 PM
If there is a protest, please help keep it peaceful. When this was before the City Council, there were plenty of enraged whack jobs . . . including a nut from Aurora who's a professional protester . . . who were leveling thinly veiled threats. There was so much hate being spewed by folks who claimed they were acting in God's name. Very sad.
Mister Mike December 27, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Here's something that I'd like to see in 2013: the Water Street developers working hand-in-hand with the City to come up with a proposal that benefits everyone! Cut down on the gamesmanship and eliminate the rancor. The development of this area could be of tremendous benefit to all involved if the parties involved would simply sit down, talk it through, and try to come up with an approach that accommodates the concerns of residents and the need of the developers to make this a profitable business proposition.
Despiser of Obama December 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Mister Mike I was at the Council meetings and no one acted out of line or whack jobs as you would say. There were no threats made or any hate. The professional protester from Aurora whom you speak of is Eric Scheider and he is a great activist. I have been at many rallies with him and he is highly respected. Let me take something back , the only whack job was the owner/Doctor of the center that did spew crap like he was a theologian scholar and he sounded so stupid in explaining himself about the bible and religion. As for being peaceful, our group is always peaceful and we were already at the new center protesting and as well as PPH in Aurora.
Despiser of Obama December 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Hey Mister Mike I almost forgot. Do you know who the real whack jobs are at the protest? It's the whack job people that drive by giving the finger to us and call us every name under the sun as we protest. I have had the oppurtunity to try and speak to them and they speed off like little pusssies.
Mister Mike December 27, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Sorry to hear of the abuse. As far as Mr. Scheider, he came across as arrogant and crass. Maybe he's a decent fellow, but his behavior at the City Council meeting was unimpressive. Maybe you disagree, but the words of one of the principal protesters who spoke before the Council were exactly as follows: A child born through IVF “becomes a manufactured commodity” and is “reduced to an object, a product.” If Naperville officials were to approve the zoning for the fertility clinic, the spokesman said they would be consenting to a “worldview in which a child is not procreated, but manufactured” and “not so much born as decanted.” Manufactured. Decanted. A commodity or a product. When one refers to a child in this way, that's hate. Pure, unadulterated hate.
Despiser of Obama December 27, 2012 at 08:40 PM
It's true a baby is manufactured by IVF and is a commodity. It's not natural or what God intended. As far as Eric Scheider I think he was right on the spot with his speech as well as the Priest that spoke from Saint Peter and Paul parish. It's not hatred, but it's murder when the IVF clinic desposes of frozen unwanted babies. That's pure hate and disregard for a baby.
Linda Kemp December 28, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I believe the original question was how to improve Naperville. How about all of the adults out there setting a good example for their children by spreading peace and love instead of this constant bickering.
Gerard Schilling January 01, 2013 at 02:14 PM
New Year’s resolutions for this city council/ban of Peter Principled misfits should be,” we will endeavor to manage the resources entrusted to us while taking into consideration what our employers want”! We will read and understand what we are voting on before not after the codes, laws and edits are passed! We will start implementing less government not more to balance our budgets and trim waste, graft and corruption caused by profligate cronyism and back door deals. We will get rid of SECA and TIF awards as they are nothing more than redistribution of wealth and used to buy votes. We will tell the sustainable community crowd to pay their own way if they want electric cars, wind mills, solar panels, smart meters and any other non-economical pieces of junk which no one would buy unless massively subsidized by we the tax payers and mandated by idiots aka politicians.
Despiser of Obama January 01, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Get rid of section 8 on Bailey rd.
Despiser of Obama January 01, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Naperville P.D. does a great job. What do they let slide?
Albert Gazalooch January 01, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Speed cameras yes! If you're willing to violate the speed limits especially in residential areas, you ought to expect to pay for it! Routinely people speed up and down streets that are set at 25 - 35 MPH. Why not cash in on arrogance and stupidity which we have a surplus of in Illinois!.
Verbal Sniper January 01, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Reel in the knuckleheads,in the downtown area,who can't handle their liquor.
Albert Gazalooch January 01, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Agreed! Most would favor a development much smaller than the proposed layout.
Albert Gazalooch January 01, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Thumbs up!
Despiser of Obama January 01, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Hoping that the IVF clinic at Washington & Benton fails as a business or it collapses into a large sink hole.
James L. Freeland January 01, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Naperville needs to make a resolution to rid itself of another eyesore: The structures on the site of the proposed hotel in downtown. They are a deficit to our downtown. Than make another resolution to rapidly approve the downtown hotel project. Now that we have the high class restaurants, the desired retail establishments, businesses in downtown and surrounding areas, we need to round-out the attractiveness to our downtown with a luxery hotel complex.
James L. Freeland January 01, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Could not agree more!
James L. Freeland January 01, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Linda, you are sooooo correct.
James L. Freeland January 01, 2013 at 09:52 PM
This topic is a very, very personal topic that does not belong in the political arena. For those who have a problem with this facility, I highly recommend you do not make use of its services. But do not force your personal views and beliefs on others.
James L. Freeland January 01, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Despisar - Apparently you and my family moved to Naperville at the same time -- and I concur with you. These events are icons to our great City.
bluebird January 01, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Actually....if you want to inmprove Naperville--incl "speeding problems," rhetoric on Patch posts, littering, violent crime, misdemeanors, and so forfth....the best solution may be to close down some of those bars on Jefferson and perhaps on Ogden. If you cannot bear the financial drain on the community by getting rid of all of them, then have them close down before midnight on all nights of the week.......If they want to stay open later than 11:30 PM or midnight, they can serve milk and diet soda and water with a lemon twist--and play WMBI and/or K-LOVE. Nope, I am not entirely kidding. I just don't think it will happen. Impact on traffic, crime, violation of various civil laws is of no value when something brings money to the city....got it !!!! And P.S. Mayor Pradel has done a great job for many years..........
Despiser of Obama January 02, 2013 at 12:19 AM
bluebird all communities with bars have the same problems , just not Naperville.

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