Another 195 drivers had their cars towed yesterday on the second and last day of the snow emergency parking restrictions on residential streets following last weekend’s blizzard.

That storm dumped more than 20 inches on the city and another inch or so fell Tuesday afternoon and evening. Now forecasters say we could get another half inch or less of snow around midday today, and colder weather is due on Thursday.

Assistant Public Works Director James Maiworm says crews today will focus on hauling snow from parking lots to increase the number of available spaces, opening up crosswalks and eliminating corner obstructions. Tonight they’ll work on hauling snow to cleanup business districts — primarily downtown and on Noyes Street.

He says the crews working overnight last night hauled snow from business districts at Church and Dodge, and along Howard, Emerson, Asbury and Green Bay as well as downtown.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says 186 cars were towed from residential streets Monday and nearly 100 were towed during the two overnight snow route parking bans following the storm.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Bad timing

    Clearing crosswalks this long after the strorm is almost useless. Many good neighbors open crosswalks, especially on main walking routes, soon after the storms. The worst blockage happens when the city plows the side streets, especially during the "snow emergencies". they should have a jeep, small vehicle or whatever to follow the plows and open the cross walks immediately after they are blocked. If you wait a day or two you end up with a frozen barrier.

    1. Where are the snow inspectors for downtown ?
      Walking from Orrington to Sherman on Clark and then on the east to Church and then to EPL, I’d thought of naming all the businesses that clearly had not done anything on their walks since Monday—even EPL was terrible. But then those that had were an exception.
      Are the inspectors not covering the businesses ? They should need no ‘warning’ before a ticket since they should know their obligation. But even if the inspectors gave them a warning Tuesday, they still have not shoveled.
      Is the fine too small ? Have they learned like most of the laws the city passes, they never enforce them ?

  2. Not on Isabella

    Not towed on Isabella where there continues to be snow. I even created a case for it and they closed it saying it was taken care of. Low and behold I get home and it is still not plowed after a two day snow emergency. Evanston needs to get their act together.

  3. Kedzie, street and sidewalks

    The south side of Kedzie was not plowed on Monday when it should have been and many left their cars snowed under, which means the loss of a lot of parking spaces there. Likewise many sidewalks remain uncleared on Kedzie (and along the west side of Chicago between the Main Street L and Kedzie, which ought to be the city's responsibility). It seems like each time there is a major snowfall without fail the southeast corner of Evanston gets short shrift during cleanup.

  4. Day 5 On Isabella

    Now on Day 5 of Isabella outside Hampton Parkway not being plowed. 2 cars can park in an area where normally 5 or 6 can. And only reason those 2 can park is because people shoveled the spots to get their cars out. Have submitted to Evanston 311 twice and both were closed as "completed" within minutes, yet nothing has happened yet.

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