Most Naperville city council members blend into the woodwork, but not councilman Kevin Coyne. He has been pounding the drums for improvements along Ogden Avenue, and specifically East Ogden Avenue, also known as the Ogden corridor. When driving westbound on Ogden Avenue from Lisle, it’s bleak with vacant buildings. empty store fronts, tired strip malls, and nothing that exudes any type of energy. In two words, it’s spectacularly dull.
Coyne has taken it upon himself to champion the cause for improvement. Coyne envisions new development, better and inviting lighting, attractive and colorful landscaping, appropriate updated signage, and relocation of utility poles and wires underground.
To get this accomplished, Coyne has suggested creating a special service area in which ‘corridor’ businesses pay a fee into a fund, which would reimburse the city for borrowed money fronted for the improvements. The idea would be put up for a vote of corridor-business owners requiring a majority vote to move forward.
It’s feasible, but more importantly, Coyne is trying to make something worthwhile happen. Other than mayor Chirico, and councilwoman Becky Anderson’s talk about making Naperville a ‘Welcoming City’, is any other council member ‘championing’ anything, or are they just riding along like passengers on a train.