Readers React: Oxygen Teen Nite Club Drawing Hot Debate
Is the potential opening of Oxygen Teen Nite Club a good thing for the city of Oak Forest and its teenaged and young adult residents? Let Patch know by taking our poll or sounding off in the comments below.
Coming soon to Oak Forest, Oxygen Teen Nite Club will open its doors for area teens and young adults to dance to the latest hit songs, socialize and hang out in a alcohol-free club environment. However, news of the club's pending opening didn't sit so well with some residents, some of whom voiced their opinion on Patch's Facebook Page and news about the new club.
Below is a sampling of readers' comments to Patch about the club:
Nancy Grace said: “This is the dumbest idea I've yet to hear! Bring on the thugs...and Drugs!!!!! Oak Forest will regret this. Perfect for the ruff area of town to get their drug dealing on.“
Beth said: “I have a teenager & I'm not sure I would want him there. How are they going to separate the 20 somethings from the teenagers?? Plus, I think there will be a lot of riffraff coming from the neighboring towns coming over. That's the last thing we need is a shooting or some gang issues going on. :( Looking at the news, there is more reports of young kids getting in gun fights & drug wars every day. Sorry, but my opinion (which everyone is entitled to their own, last I checked.) is that this is a bad idea. Btw, I would rather have our kids safe then worry about a business opening & paying taxes.“
DM said: “This club will be patronized by teens and young adults who live east of Cicero. Drugs, gangs, rapes and fights. Welcome to Oak Forest.”
Darnell said: “Bad move! Wait til the first gang related shooting, stabbing or sexual assault! Hat's off to Clemons and Ensing! Best thing for that whole corner is to raze it and start from scratch all the way including old DD!“
Jackie Thomas Ryon said: “smh...and we elect these ppl ? Maybe we are the joke. Just look at the riff-raff that comes into Oak Fest. Teens don't bring in revenue. Did the business minded individuals not show up to that meeting? Are there any on the board? What new businesses opened in 2012 anyway?”
Bill Wnenk said: “Just think of the big tax dollars this will bring in not what a joke.”
Mike Ziak said: "While this of course is "for the children", there's a reason these clubs don't last long. Kids get bored with them. IM sure if/when it opens, there will be crowds and adults will be all happy about a place for the kiddies to go. But, then the kids will grow tired of it and the big crowds will decline. Then around that time or maybe before, some undesirables will start to go there. Then a few more. Then there will be a fight or worse and the same adults who were so happy at the beginning will be demanding that it be closed. Its a noble idea to try and give kids a place to go, but history is not on the side of this place succeeding.”
Patch wants to know, what do you think? Is the club a good idea? Will it bring in more trouble than business and tax dollars to the city?
Vote in our poll and leave your comments below.