Evanston's Future newsletter for August


August 3, 7 – 9 pm

Evanston Food Policy Council Meeting

Location: Home of Linda Kruhmin, 1422 Greenwood, Evanston

Contact: [email protected], 847-328-7175

August 13, 3 - 5 pm

Evanston Interreligious Sustainability Circle

Location: Friends Meeting House, 1010 Greenleaf, Evanston

Contact: Steve Perkins, [email protected] or 773-269-4055

August 16, 7 – 9 pm

Urban Farm Meeting, Evanston Food Policy Council

City seeks economic development ideas

The City of Evanston Planning Division will accept applications for 2007/08 Community Development Block Grant funds from Thursday, July 27, through Friday, Sept. 15.

The city expects to receive about $2.2 million in block grant funds for the upcoming program year, March 1, 2007, to February 29, 2008. Applications may be submitted for housing projects, economic development and job creation activities, public services programs and public facilities or infrastructure improvements.

Kendall Property Rezoning

Date: July 24, 2006
To: Evanston City Council
Re: Kendall Property Rezoning

The repeated mantra from the council for their Kendall decision was development. It was continuously reiterated, hoping that all, especially the neighbors, would accept it as the only reasonable and sane decision. Even though after three years of the developer’s insisting high density was necessary because of economics, Smithfield has modified the proposed plan to a final outcome of R1 with some duplexes thrown in an R3 segment.

What is the Preservation Commission trying to preserve?

I wish I knew what the Preservation Commission is trying to preserve. Like others on the list of candidates, the Bennison bakery is not, in itself, a particularly interesting building and doesn't deserve landmark status (terra cotta tiles notwithstanding).

World Breastfeeding Week in Evanston

Did a La Leche League Leader help you breastfeed your baby? Or your sister's baby, your wife's baby, your daughter's baby? Did a La Leche League Leader help your mother when you were a baby?

It's certainly possible. La Leche League was founded 50 years ago this August just a few towns southwest of here in Franklin Park, Illinois. It only took a few years for a small group of mothers helping other new mothers in their own neighborhood, to create a national and then international organization whose sole purpose is to offer breastfeeding information and support to mothers who ask.

Oops! There's another landmark!

Folks who've been following Evanston Now's stories about downtown landmarks over the past couple weeks have reason to wonder what's been happening with the data.

When I first posted the landmarks story on June 28, I concluded, based on my own tally from the printout of a seven-page spreadsheet provided by the Preservation Commission, that 18 buildings downtown are landmarks.

A New Health Menace

One of my current concerns is the IDIOT syndrome (Involuntary Dropping Incidents Of Trash). We are on a corner a few blocks east of the Dodge/Dempster food emporiums and it seems that some ingredient in the food attacks the central nervous system of the consumimg individuals. This is a very fast acting agent -- a few blocks and symptoms occur. The symptoms are easy to observe: victims can no longer grasp their food or drink containers, which they inadverently drop. This is often accompanied by very loud unintelligible vocal utterances, especially at night, and often correlates with when they are in groups. Thus it seems not to single out unique susceptible individuals, but a large number of individuals.

Development as entertainment

I love watching other people work. More specifically, I love watching things get made.

A job I had once at a state employment agency required me to make occasional factory visits. One factory made chain from six-foot diameter spools of wire. A machine cut a length of wire, bent it into a link, welded it, turned it 90 degrees, then cut, bent, and welded a new link around the previous one. Fascinating. I also visited a meat packing plant – what they say about watching sausage being made is true. I didn’t eat hot dogs for years afterwards.

Eating outside the box

A surprise box of vegetables arrived yesterday – the first of about 20 that will arrive every Tuesday until late October. It felt like Christmas, in an organic sort of way.

Yesterday’s box contained fennel, chard, lettuce, spinach, strawberries, sunflower sprouts, green garlic, and rhubarb. After splitting the contents with the neighbors, I stared at the array of vegetables on the counter. Now what? I cracked open one of my favorite cookbooks, How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman, and started searching.

Gardeners Donate Your Excess To Connections To The Homless......... Read On

I am a community gardner at James Park Community Garden. As I walked around the James Park Community Garden this weekend, I couldn't help but notice how
many people's gardens had lettuce, and spinach that was ready to

Governor and talk radio founders to headline DPOE meeting

The Democratic Party of Evanston's annual meeting Sunday, June 11, will feature Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Air America Radio founders Sheldon and Anita Drobny.

The event, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., will also honor members of No Burn Evanston for their successful efforts to end to the burning of medical waste by hospitals in Evanston and across Illinois.