Two clothing stores are closing, but a new apartment building opens. Local elementary schools get a new superintendent and recreational weed sales are about to begin in the city. Those were among the stories that drew the most reader interest on Evanston Now last month.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Two downtown shops closing — Dec. 23 — This will be the last holiday shopping season for two stores in the 1700 block of Sherman Avenue in downtown Evanston.
  2. District 65 names new superintendent — Dec. 16 — The Evanston School District 65 School Board tonight appointed Devon Horton as superintendent effective July 1. His base salary will be $250,000 a year.
  3. Move-in begins at Albion Evanston — Dec. 9 — The first tenants moved in at the new 15-story Albion Evanston apartment building at 1500 Sherman Ave. today.
  4. Cannabis dispensary plans advance — Oct. 31 — Plans to open Evanston’s first recreational marijuana dispensary advanced Wednesday with a favorable recommendation to the Zoning Board of Appeals from the city’s Design and Project Review Committee. (The MedMen dispensary in Evanston is scheduled to open for adult recreational sales at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 1.)
  5. Reparations and equity in Evanston — Nov. 30 — Evanston aldermen this week voted to spend up to $10 million on a program to provide yet-to-be-defined assistance to black residents in reparation for past discrimination.
  6. Why affordable housing is so hard here — Dec. 2 — I got a personal example recently of how hard it will be to provide more affordable housing in Evanston.
  7. ‘Dump Trump’ supporters gather downtown — Dec. 17 — On the eve of the scheduled House of Representatives vote on impeachment, several hundred people gathered in Fountain Square in downtown Evanston this evening to support efforts to remove President Donald Trump from office.
  8. Three Crowns plans expansion — Dec. 18 — Three Crowns Park, a non-profit retirement community in northwest Evanston, is planning a major expansion.
  9. Reparations fans rally at church — Dec. 12 — A crowd police estimated at over 600 people turned out for a town hall meeting on reparations Wednesday night at First Church of God on Simpson Street in Evanston.
  10. Man shot to death on Howard CTA platform — Dec. 3 — CTA service on the Red, Purple and Yellow lines was disrupted this afternoon after a 20-year-old man was fatally shot about 12:20 p.m. at the Howard Street CTA station.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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