To the Editor:
Tim Struthers, Castle Bank president, John Rey the mayor of DeKalb, and Doug Baker president of Northern Illinois University, have developed plans that would commercialize and change the character of a section of the Ellwood Historic Neighborhood.
The character of our city is defined by its citizens, its culture, and its neighborhoods. One document obtained through a Freedom of Information request was a letter from Struthers to Baker.
It reveals Struthers’ enthusiasm and sentiment for formation of a not-for-profit corporation whose objective is to commercialize and transform a section of that neighborhood.
I do not believe revitalization of the Ellwood Historic Neighborhood (as envisioned by Struthers, Rey, and Baker) should include modifying that neighborhood by replacing a section of existing housing with retail enterprises and commercial endeavors at the expense of existing homeowners.