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Hot stories for midsummer in Evanston

Homeowners defeat plan to limit parkway plantings. Teacher sues alleging racial discrimination. Lifeguards say they were sexually abused.

This ring of hostas around a parkway tree on Dewey Avenue would have subjected the homeowner to fines under the proposed ordinance. (Bill Smith photo)

Objections lead to withdrawal of plan for new limits on parkway plantings, businesses and residents continue to cope with the pandemic, and claims of racial discrimination in schools and sexual abuse of lakefront workers were among the most read stories on Evanston Now in July.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. Downtown business: Two opening, one closing — July 1 — Family checks out of the toy store business. Coffee shop pivots to plants. Opening seen for long-delayed restaurant.
  2. CDC says COVID risk now ‘substantial’ in Cook County — July 30 — The county health department says the increase in cases means all fully vaccinated people should wear a mask in public indoor settings.
  3. City proposes parkway plant restrictions and fines — July 10 — But local environmental group opposes the new limits. (After protests, city staff withdrew the plan for new restrictions.)
  4. Teacher sues, claims reverse discrimination in D65 — June 29 — Suit claims Evanston schools teach students “to hate each other” based on race.
  5. Five story, 16-unit building planned on Chicago Avenue — July 5 — Evanston’s Design and Project Review Committee is scheduled to review plans Wednesday for a five-story apartment building on the Autobarn Nissan site at 1012 Chicago Ave.
  6. Beavers found dead on NU campus — July 23 — Sad ending for creatures who had added interest to walks across the campus.
  7. Three hurt when car jumps curb at Fountain Square — July 20 — Three pedestrians reportedly were injured and two of them were transported to Evanston Hospital for treatment after a car jumped a curb at Fountain Square in downtown Evanston about 11:30 this morning.
  8. Evanston an island of low vaccine hesitancy — July 20 — High vaccination rates have helped keep COVID-19 case counts low here so far this summer.
  9. Special meeting set after report lifeguards were sexually abused — July 16 — Action follows publication of story reporting claims of abuse by dozens of lakefront employees
  10. Council member seeks to remove his home from truck route — July 11 — Plan would take Ashland Avenue and Simpson Street off the truck route list.

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