The non-profit Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois named Evanston to its “preservation onions” list Thursday.

The group says the new list is designed to shame what it calls the worst blunders, remuddlings and demolitions in the Chicago area.

Evanston was cited for the City Council’s approval of “the demoliton of two individually designated local landmarks and several contributing structures in a local landmark district.”

Evanston failed to win the audience vote at the group’s meeting for “stinkiest onion of the bunch.” That went to the demolition of the DuPage Theater in Lombard.

Chicago, Lake Forest and Naperville were also singled out for scorn by the preservationists at Thursday’s meeting.

The Evanston demolition sites referred to by the preservation group include buildings on the Kendall College campus at Orrington Avenue and Lincoln Street, a small farmhouse next to the Evanston Theater on Central Street and the Victorian home at 1218 Elmwood Ave.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. preservation at whose expense?
    A question to be considered here is at whose expense are these buildings to be preserved? How much will it cost, and are they significant enough to justify the expenses.

    If the Landmarks Preservation Council or the people that are against the demolition of these old buildings really want to protect these sites, are they willing to pay what it costs to preserve these buildings, or do they have other motives?

    I do not think that it is right for them to throw dirt at those that are doing what they feel is right with the property that belongs to them. The people that are interested in protecting those buildings should be the ones to pay the price instead of bullying around those that have other priorities and wishes.

    1. Anonymous? Not Verified?
      Bill, I wasn’t aware that just any old one could post anonymously. Can you explain how one does that? It would be nice if posters’ could express the conviction of their words and not be able to hide behind the shame of their name.

      Mimi Peterson

      1. New comment policy
        Hi Mimi,
        After hearing from a number of people that they felt intimidated from offering comments on the site by Evanston Now’s old policy of requiring real names for any posting, I decided a few days ago to experiment with letting people post comments on stories anonymously.

        Here’s the new deal.

        People who post comments without being logged in as registered users have their comments sent to a moderation queue. Those comments are only published after being reviewed for appropriateness.

        People who have registered for the site using their real names and are logged in when they post a comment have their comments go live immediately.

        In addition, only folks who have registered using their real name can post events listings, photos and blog posts.

        People posting anonymously are required to provide an e-mail address so we have a way to get in touch with them if there are questions. They’re also free to replace “Anonymous” in the author field with their real name or a pseudonym if they choose.

        I hope you will welcome people to the site who may not be as bold in their opinions as you are.

        While I would prefer that everyone was comfortable associating their name with their opinions, I don’t want to exclude thoughtful views from those who are a little more shy.

        So far, I think the new approach has worked reasonably well, but I’m happy to hear what others think about it.

        — Bill

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