Today's Tribune ran an article about how a 22,000 square-foot mosque scheduled to open this spring in Orland Park is propelling a mini-boom in the nearby real estate.
Understandably, Muslims want to live close to their place of worship, preferably within walking distance to accommodate their frequent prayer times.
What drives me bonkers about the article is that the underlying jist of it questions whether or not a mosque is that relevant to the real estate market. The closing line quotes a realtor who (perhaps was taken out of context when he) said, "They need to see the beginning of a community first. That's when people will come."
Um, a mosque is the beginning of a community.
More about the Center for Prayer here.
Daily Southtown on the mosque here.
Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago here.