Do you think Evanston is “age friendly”? The city wants to know.

Christina Ferraro, senior services manager for the city, says there’ll be a series of meetings starting Saturday to gather community comments as well as a survey available online now and on paper starting Saturday at city recreation centers and other locations.

In addition, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is seeking candidates to be part of a nine-member task force to develop a three-year action plan to make the city more age friendly.

The community meetings will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1:30 p.m. and 7: p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, and at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Levy Center and at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Pushed out

    Moving the Levy Center to James Park showed there was no concern.  It was clear the city did not want seniors around or visible. I don't know anyone who goes there — too far away.

    Who wants to wait for even a shuttle that will leave them in the middle of nowhere.

    1. Sorry

      ….Land was probably deemed too valuable for a senior center…. I believe it was actually a youth center (old location) but kids didn't go there…or adults were concerned that it would turn into another YMCA Plant Room…

  2. Handicapped parking is pathetic

    Handicapped parking is pathetic in Evanston.  Main street is a perfect example.  There is handicapped in the lot across from Vogue.  This works if you go to Vogue.  How about the post office or east of Chicago Avenue?  I have pointed out this problem many times and everyone shrugs their shoulders.  Is it little wonder that my friends and I go to Olld Orchard to shop.


  3. Is Evanston friendly to 30-50 (Non-Northwestern) people?

    I find Evanston friendlier to people over 60 and the univesity community (18-30), but if you are 30-50, good luck. Graduate students usually look down on you if you are their age, but live in Evanston. Since this is becoming the destination of the North Shore, there are many more over 50/60s coming down to party in Evanston. I typically go to Chicago to hang out with people my age as I do not feel welcome at a lot of bars or restaurants. Funny thing is that by making it more 30-50 friendly, you have a nice long run of tax revenue coming to the city. These people are also a bridge to the younger and older generations of our community.

  4. Shovel the sidewalks

    How about enforcing the sidewalk clearing ordinance so that seniors who do not drive (and others) can navigate our sidewalks safely during the winter?

  5. What age?

    What is meant by 'age friendly?'  Which age group?  

    I agree with the person re: sidewalks.  There are so many people over the age of 12 riding their bikes on the sidewalks that it's becoming more and more dangerious, especially at night.  Also, stop signs:  how do we make sure cars actually stop at the stop signs to let people cross – and not rev their engines because it takes the older folks a half-second longer to cross a street.  

    Lately, I've seen youngsters riding their skateboards down the streets.  At one point, one kid was trying to do a trick, luckily he didn't fall off his skake board because there was a car right behind him going at a good clip – and that kid would have been run over if he fell.

    So ….. which age are we talking about?


  6. How about resident friendly?

    Not so much.

    Crime concerns. Example: how many unsolved murders are there in the past 10 years?  Unless the murderer is caught in the act or within a few hours, it appears that our arrest rate is very poor.  The area around the high school is especially bad. Yet ETHS and the city dropped the ball on getting the safe school zone extended. 

    Oppressive taxes and other government fees driving out middle income residents based on local governments' insatiable need for more and more funding.  Example: the latest from our unelected, unrealistic library board.  Increased cost is "just the cost of two hard cover books." It's thinking like that that had picked our pockets clean. Shame on them for failing to recognize how insensitive it is to further burden already overburdened taxpayers.

    I know that this is not city government but it is an important part of living here. Well funded public schools but that funding is repeatedly wasted on feel good gimmicks that don't benefit students. The absolute bare minimum of school time that is required by state law — down to the minute. Goofy half days off for "teacher training" almost every month of the school year with no public accountability on what teachers are doing with that half day seven times a year. Meanwhile, families must  scramble for child care for this hodgepodge of half days. Bottom line: no tangible benefit to students or their families, only a burden and less educational time. 

    Quality of life issues abound. Cars blasting music heard four blocks away. People walking down the street, peeking in car windows and trying doors. Poorly maintained city parks. 

    Does the City of Evanston care to hear about these issues and maybe do something about some of them?

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