An official from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus told members of Evanston's Affordable Housing Plan Steering Committee Wednesday night that the number of seniors in the Chicago region will double by mid-century.
Neighbors freaked out this spring about plans to build new five story apartment buildings on Emerson Street between Wesley and Jackson avenues, and that's led Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, to call for downzoning the area.
Evanston, often criticized for "drive-by diversity" -- having dramatic disparities in its racial mix from one neighborhood to another -- came in for criticism this week for what might be called "drive-by affordability."
Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to approve plans for the city to acquire a vacant lot at 1805 Church St. that once was the site of a gas station as the potential location for a new affordable housing development.
A new study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition found substantial levels of gentrification in many big city neighborhoods, but concluded there was no area of Evanston that is experiencing gentrification.