A robber grabbed his victim’s arm and took a cell phone on the sidewalk near Ridge Avenue and Dobson Street. This among the stories in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. income distribution and affordable housing in evanston

    thanks for the analysis, bill:  all too often these discussions are conducted on the basis of "it would be nice if.." and "we should"  without having any basis in facts.  as to the proposed ordinances mandating more affordable housing in evanston, my view is that we should do more to promote affordable rents/purchases for people already living here.  

    we used to have a habitat for humanity program based here, but i understand that the director got into some legal trouble and the group disbanded.  i have long been a supporter of habitat, and would love to have a branch re-open here.  there were a couple of nu students who were involved in a habitat group a couple of years ago, but their efforts seemed to have been  in rehabbing houses in other suburbs.  and they've graduated.

    with evanston's long history of significant volunteer work, i think a habitat group would get alot of support.  there are some vacant two-and three flats that could use rehabbing, not to mention some empty single-family houses.  there are some vacant parcels that also might be available to buy so a new house could be built.  there are other programs that could be tried to help current residents maintain their houses, and afford larger places as their families grew.   

    when presidential towers in chicago was in mortgage default years ago, the cha or some state agency took it over, or negotiated a refinance with the proviso that a certain number of units be set aside as low-income/affordable.  those tenants were offered units on only the first and second floors, thus segregating them away from the rest of the residents.  i wonder if they are still occupied by low-income tenants.

    Mary Brugliera

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