Here are the 10 stories most-read by Evanston Now readers last month.

  1. Brothers slain at Evanston tobacco shop – July 31 – Two brothers were found shot to death inside their Evanston tobacco shop Tuesday night.
  2. Police: Two felons nabbed with guns – July 18 – Evanston police say they nabbed two gun-toting felons on the city’s west side earlier this week.
  3. Aldermen to Pritzker: Nevermind – July 23 – After two years spent soliciting proposals for a new use for the lakefront Harley Clarke mansion, Evanston aldermen voted 6-3 Monday night to dismiss the only offer they had received.
  4. Opinion: Are we Evanstonians losing our nerve? – July 24 – Rejection by the Evanston City Council Monday of a plan by billionaire Hyatt heir James Pritzker to preserve the Harley Clarke mansion and expand it into a 57-room boutique hotel raises a more fundamental question about the ability of Evanston residents to accept change in their community.
  5. Viewpoint: Sell the lakefront money pit? – July 3 – Evanston aldermen will need to decide soon whether to sell the dilapidated Harley Clarke mansion on the lakefront.
  6. Mansion sale anger highly localized – July 22 – If yard signs are any indication, active opposition to the proposed sale of Evanston’s Harley Clarke mansion is highly localized.
  7. Police investigate early morning shooting – July 18 – Evanston police say a 21-year-old woman was shot in the right leg about 2:40 a.m. today in the 1700 block of Darrow Avenue.
  8. Piven saga spins off in new direction – July 9 – Plans for the future of the Noyes Cultural Arts center took a dramatic turn Monday night just as aldermen were about to vote on a plan to expand Piven Theatre Workshop’s space in the building.
  9. Who was Harley Clarke? – July 13 – Harley L. Clarke, the man whose former home on the Evanston lakefront may be sold by the city to become a boutique hotel, was a 1920s electric utility executive who fell on financial hard times during the depression.
  10. Ethics panel to hear tendam complaint – July 29 – The Evanston Board of Ethics plans Tuesday to review a complaint regarding Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, and a $1,000 campaign contribution he received from billionaire investor Col. J.N. Pritzker.

Top: While crime stories took the top two spots last month, half of the most-heavily read stories focused on the debate over the proposed sale of the city-owned Harley Clarke mansion.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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