Money Magazine puts Evanston in 11th place among the 25 best places in the country to live if you’re rich and single.

It touted the “little shops” downtown and on Dempster Street, continuing education courses at Northwestern University, and the “quiet beauty” of the lakefront as reasons to live here.

The article noted that singles represent some 38.6 percent of Evanston’s population.

Oak Park was the only other community in the Midwest among the top 11. The magazine advised singles to come there for the arts and stay for the architecture. It ranked No. 9.

The city ranked by the magazine as No. 1 was Newton, Mass.

Other cities that ranked higher than Evanston included Hoboken, N.J.; Brookline, Mass.; Arlington, Va.; Redondo Beach, Calif.; Irvine, Calif.; Sandy Springs, Ga.; Towson, Md.; and Mountain View, Calif.

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. That’s not me so why am I here?

    I'm not rich or single.  Maybe that's why I'm strongly considering moving out of Evanston?  It's getting to the point that I can't afford to stay here and raise a family.  This survey just confirms what I've been living for the past couple of years.

    And don't get me started on the nonsense perpetrated by the District 65 and District 202 schools.  Now District 65 might not even start on time because the teachers want substantial raises but don't want to work one minute extra due to layoffs.  And the District 65 administration seems incapable of bargaining intelligently.  Here's a suggestion — tell the teachers' union that all of the staff can stay so no teachers will need to work one minute longer but there will be no raises this year.

    This city and the local public schools create far too much drama.  Life's too short to keep up with the unending barrage of goofy ideas and misguided plans foisted on this community by its city government and the schools.  Some recent examples:

    — a proposed new D65 school building that we can't afford being pushed down our throats with name calling and guilt then,when it's rejected because voters saw that we don't have the money and we have fewer students than we did 10 years ago so a new building isn't needed, we're called ugly names and ascribed evil motives by a school board member and threatened with another new school referendum almost immediately;

    — D65 proposal to dump a functioning math program because the skin tones of the high-achieving children aren't in an exact percentage pleasing to certain people while teacher recommendations for math advancement are ignored;

    — telling D65 parents that their childrens' schools have failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress on a standardized test so their children are eligible for transfer to another school BUT also telling them in the same letter that so sorry, there is no other school to transfer them to;

    — District 202's devotion to the teachings of the Pacific Educational Group which preaches racial stereotypes and creates racial divisions;

    — D202's actions to start (and continue) jettisoning advanced classes for freshmen students to "dumb down" the curriculum.  I expect that the same is coming for classes for sophomores in the near future;

    — skyrocketing taxes and water rates to pay the city's expenses while the city uses a federal grant to study how to cut our water consumption.  Reducing water consumption is a good goal but won't that cause the city to drive the water rates even higher?;

    — escalating crime but no sign that the city is focusing the needed attention and resources to address it;

    — money spent on a city referendum on a U.S. Supreme Court case about funding political action committees that will have no impact on anyone, anywhere other than to say that we did it.  Is that worth the money of adding the referendum to the ballot?;

    — more "don't do this" signs (read: signs that lead to parking tickets for enhanced city revenue) per block than any other place that I've ever lived; and

    — the list goes on.

    The conclusion to move out of Evanston is disappointing for me as I moved here thinking and hoping that it was a good place to live and raise a family.  Sadly mistaken as this place is just making me very broke and very tired (usual as I am generally upbeat and positive).  I don't know if anyone else can relate to my experience.  Perhaps I'll hear from some fourth and fifth generation Evanstonians who can convince me that I'm all wrong about this place.

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