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Downtown Arlington Heights Noise
Resident complaints of downtown night noise with local restaurants, especially outdoor seating arrangments have been reported. Events seem to be handled in a case by case basis at this time.

Passing Metra and Union Pacific trains have now become a pressing issue with the higher density population in proximity to railroad crossings in downtown Arlington Heights. Train horns at railroad crossings near residential neighborhoods are an issue nationwide, as well. Federal law requires horn blasts as trains approach and pass through railroad crossings. An
FRA study published April 1994 (pdf) reports that train horns especially reduce accidents during times of darkness and motorist impatience. The study also reports that whistle bans increase the incidence of train-motorist accidents whether they are night bans or 24-hour bans. A ruling is pending and involves possible expensive barrier upgrades to crossings required to permit a whistle ban in quiet zones.

Downtown Arlington Heights Traffic & Parking
Train station moved west to allow shorter red light at Arlington Heights Road.

Downtown Arlington Heights Development
Many residents and business owners are thrilled with the reversal of the blight of the 1970's, increased retail activity, increased dining and entertainment, and the appearance of the new downtown building developments. Government leaders strive to create a thriving retail environment, with its supporting tax base. Others complain about the loss of the old town feeling and the power of local government to close streets and make decisions that favor wealthy developers and hurt or cause closure of smaller businesses. Some point to empty commercial space as a sign of failure. On the positive side a steady flow of new businesses, especially restaurants have opened recently. Attempts to attract major retailers are underway. Village leaders are also working to make the downtown attractive as a whole by creating a comprehensive marketing plan.

To help Arlington Heights become a leading retail and entertainment center, the marketing firm
Exclaim! recommends formation of Greater Arlington Heights Retailers & Entertainment Council, creating small downtown atmosphere -- bringing back diagonal parking with extended time limits and introducing one-way streets, more signage to downtown and within downtown, and informational kiosks.

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Gambling ... Should Arlington Park have casino style gambling?

Homeless, Disturbances & Pandering

Housing, Is Affordable Housing Available in Arlington Heights?

High Commercial Rent

Metropolis Ownership ... Should Village of Arlington Heights Own
Metropolis?Village of Arlington Heights bought the Metropolis in 2004.

O'Hare Expansion
Arlington Heights has watched as acquisition plans by Chicago to take land from Elk Grove Village and Bensenville have been underway. New runways and deleted existing runways would possibly diminish direct air traffic over Arlington Heights. The
Suburban O'Hare Commission, which cites that the airport plan would decrease safety and cause economic harm locally and nationally, and Alliance of Residents Concerning O'Hare provide much information on the impact of O'Hare.

O'Hare Noise
Arlington Heights is a member of the
O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission and is active in monitoring and reporting noise problems from aircraft.

Property Tax Relief

Shopping Center Vacancy ... Are Arlington Heights Shopping Centers Viable and Competetive with other local communities?

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TIF and Business Closures

Traffic ... Can traffic and congestion be improved with better street design?
Can stoplight timing and the choice which streets get the default green lights be improved? Are signs clear? Are lanes wide enough?

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