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  1. A new building would most certainly have a higher tax bill then the old one. It’s based on the value of the property in C(r)ook County, which is higher on new construction. ADA compliance is the law, there’s no tax break. Same goes for energy friendly aspects, unless they negotiate something specific. The increased tax bill is what developers use to get tax breaks. There is a thing called a TIF district (Tax Increment Financing) that is used for this very purpose and this property is in one. It’s a topic I know far more about then I should.🤓
  2. Fair point. The village should not spend a tin dime on anything relating to this project because the are about a dozen grocery stores (including Jewel, Trader Joes, Target, Whole Foods and a co-op) that already exist within a 10 minute drive of this location. In fact there are grocery stores 1/4 mile from the location, on the same street, in either direction. What community good is there to adding another, at great expense?
  3. I’ve had success with the bucket, but I used a rolling pin as the spinner. Snap traps work well and the box type they can’t get out of work too. The kind that claim to be no-mess are, because they never catch anything.
  4. It’s a bit of a leap to use this as a symbol of the decline of society or mobile phone distraction. I happen to manage some old building, all built more then a century ago. They are surrounded by other buildings of the era and some newer ones that replaced old buildings. Without exception, the buildings that were demoed were in terrible condition. All suffered from owners’ neglect and deferred maintenance to the point they could not be saved. The building in Oak Park has been vacant for 13 years. When that happens, it’s almost always because the building is beyond repair. You all understand ho
  5. Fun list. I’d have a hard time putting the MR2 and the CRX on there, given what’s happened to the prices lately.
  6. Or not: https://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2020/11/ford-using-new-technology-to-help-restoration-of-old-train-station/ https://leftlanenews.com/2017/05/02/gm-restores-its-birthplace-factory-95803/ https://chainstoreage.com/news/restoration-hardware-restore-historic-building-san-francisco https://www.jpmorgan.com/commercial-banking/insights/historic-buildings-made-new-low-cost-capital
  7. I’ve read the thread since you started it, so forgive me if this point has been made already. You Regal is an Opel, which is no longer owned by GM. I’d expect support to get even worse over time as parts and expertise become even more scarce. If you can lemon law the car, I’d go that route. I’m bummed by your experience because I like that car and would consider buying one.
  8. Mine has the same oil can, so I think it was an original equipment. The reference manual has a list of things that need to be lubricated with engine oil every 500 miles, which I presume is what it’s for.
  9. This isn’t a 60 series car. I’m not sure how to tell the difference between a 40 and a 50, but the golf door on a 1930 64C is square.
  10. Presumably these? https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/07/media/cnn-settles-lawsuit-viral-video/index.html https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/24/media/washington-post-sandmann-settlement-lawsuit/index.html
  11. I carry a second Optima 6V with me. I have two of them because I have two 6V cars, so it's essentially free. And, they are light enough to move between cars easily and fit in the battery box with the primary battery.
  12. I have the same, er, affliction. I have yet to catalog my books formally, but I'd guess I have 1,500 or so. The way I have them displayed is based on how I would go looking for that particular book. Some things are obvious, like keeping all Automobile Quarterlies together. Along that same theme, I have the full set of Crestline books which look nice all on the same shelf. Beyond "collections" within the collection, I sort by subject matter. Biographies are together but in two groups: Racing and auto industry. Same for marque histories: racing and road cars. Then there is a shelf for general, "
  13. I've had good luck with the Facebook marketplace. It's free and people use their real identity.
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