Last month's big yellow newsmaker

You might find it hard to believe what was the second most read story on Evanston Now in September. Right up there with stories of tall new buildings and other more commonly heavily-read fare -- there it was -- the Barnacle.

Here's a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Cops: Stolen phone led to robber -- Sept. 6 -- Evanston police say they used the locator app on a robbery victim's cell phone to lead them to the man who stole it.
  2. Parking scofflaws: Meet the Barnacle -- Sept 12 -- Evanston officials plan to roll out a new tool for immobilizing the cars of parking ticket scofflaws, after aldermen Monday approved cutting the number of tickets required to trigger booting from five to three.
  3. What if NU's land were taxable? -- Sept. 11 -- A new memo from Evanston city staff suggests that if Northwestern University's property could be added to the tax roles, it might yield as much as $5.9 million a year in additional property tax revenue for the city.
  4. NU housing shift may hike off-campus vacancy rates -- Sept. 22 -- Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz told residents at a 5th Ward meeting Thursday evening that area landlords may get a shock when they start seeking students to lease their off-campus apartments for next fall.
  5. Dog's death to cost city $50,000 -- Sept. 23 -- Evanston aldermen are scheduled to vote Monday on a proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed after an Evanston police officer two years ago fatally shot a dog while responding to a domestic violence call in the 5th Ward.
  6. Appointments draw praise, criticism -- Sept. 12 -- Mayoral appointments -- which generally sail through City Council approval without any comment -- drew some controversy at Monday night.
  7. Hagerty names police complaint panel -- Sept. 9 -- Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty has selected nine members for the city's new Citizen Police Complaint Assessment Committee.
  8. Northlight tower would be tallest in town -- Sept. 6 -- A plan unveiled Tuesday night to bring Northlight Theatre back to Evanston calls for funding the project with a 395-foot-tall hotel and rental apartment tower in the 1700 block of Sherman Avenue.
  9. Mapping housing issues in Evanston -- Sept. 20 -- Want to know more about housing issues in Evanston and neighboring communities? Here are some options for looking at the situation visually.
  10. Tallest building plan goes to preservation panel - Sept. 16 -- Plans for what would become Evanston's tallest building are scheduled for review by the city's Preservation Commission Tuesday night.

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