Wheaton's Peaks and Valleys Common for DuPage Downtowns

By Gutowski, Christy; McCoppin, Robert | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), February 1, 1999 | Go to article overview

Wheaton's Peaks and Valleys Common for DuPage Downtowns


Gutowski, Christy, McCoppin, Robert, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Christy Gutowski And Robert McCoppin Daily Herald Staff Writers

John Sipek has been serving up pastrami on rye at his Wheaton deli for 31 years.

Patrons breeze in and out of the downtown shop for a quick bite, the morning newspaper and, on occasion, to talk baseball with Jimmy Piersall, a deli regular.

But weary from struggling to stay afloat in a downtown often called "at risk," Sipek is selling his Korner Deli at Main and Wesley streets and retiring.

He joins three other prominent downtown merchants who soon will bid farewell to downtown Wheaton.

The somber news comes on the heels of several recent success stories.

"It's kind of like someone is hitting us over the head with a two-by-four," said Carla Citrano, manager of the Downtown Wheaton Association, "... just when you think something wonderful is happening."

Refurbished storefronts. Expanded retail space. More parking. Three soon-to-open restaurants.

All seemed to signal an end to the retail doldrums of late.

The ups and downs that Wheaton is going through are common in downtowns across DuPage County, where leaders are trying to coax shoppers out of malls and back into their towns' heart.

Slowly, towns are fighting back with myriad strategies to fill vacant and underutilized buildings.

Every town has its own tactic - be it attracting national anchor stores in Naperville or building upscale condos and town houses, as is the case in Wheaton.

- West Chicago, for example, plans to buy and level five old buildings on Main Street to make for a better view of the rehabbed train station and create more parking.

- Carol Stream spent $3.8 million to build a town center near busy Gary Avenue, complete with a fountain, gazebo and gently curving walking paths cobbled with bricks.

- A plethora of new eateries is helping take Glen Ellyn to the next level.

- Wood Dale offered tax incentives to hook Target and also a grocer for its oldest shopping center, Georgetown Square.

- Lombard has spent about $20 million in downtown street and road repairs since 1989.

The goal in each town is the same - to bring back the customers.

To do that, planners stress a couple critical factors, all relating to a good mix of residential, retail and ample parking.

The first ingredient is having people live downtown to shop at retail stores outside office hours. For that, you need residential units, like the condominiums being built near downtown Glen Ellyn, Lisle and Wheaton.

Secondly, a downtown needs to have enough public parking for people to drive to, yet not so much parking that it gets in the way.

Wheaton is addressing its parking needs with a new 400-space garage that partially opened before the holiday shopping season last year. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Wheaton's Peaks and Valleys Common for DuPage Downtowns
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.