Here are some video excerpts from Thursday night’s cablecast debate about the future of the Evanston Civic Center.

Elliott Dudnik of Friends of the Civic Center says figures from recent construction projects in nearby communities suggest a new Civic Center would cost must more than the city’s consultant has estimated.

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Alderman Steve Bernstein, 4th Ward, says only moving would create a pool of funds to pay for the project.

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John Kennedy of the Friends of the Civic Center suggests the city doesn’t need more high-density housing, of the sort that would likely replace the current Civic Center building.

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Former alderman Art Newman responds that new construction has been good for Evanston residents’ property values.

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Ald. Newman suggests the City Council should look beyond downtown when considering new Civic Center sites.

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Thanks to Steve Bartlebaugh of the Evanston Community Media Center for preparing the video clips for this story. The two-hour debate is scheduled to be rerun on Cable Channel 6 at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Sundays between now and election day, April 17.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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