Reportsabout new shops opening, or planned, and about possible new housing developments were among the stories most read by Evanston Now readers in January.
Here’s a rundown of the top 10:
- ‘Zero waste’ store opens in Evanston — Jan. 21 — Sherman Avenue shop specializes in organic and recyclable products.
- Ex-ETHS start athlete battling Lou Gehrigs disease — Jan .12 — Friends launch fund-raising drive for Ed Martin, Class of 1980.
- Plans detailed for affordable housing on Church Street — Dec. 31 — Plans to redevelop about a half-block stretch on the north side of Church Street west of Darrow Avenue call for building a new home for the Mt. Pisgah Ministry and 44 affordable apartments.
- Varsity developers meet the neighbors — Jan. 14 — They plan enhanced retail and 35 apartments in the nearly century-old building.
- Mental health ‘living room’ proposed — Jan. 9 — City Council members are scheduled Monday evening to discuss a proposal to develop a “living room” facility in Evanston to treat persons in mental health crisis.
- Two cars stolen, many burglarized — Jan. 3 — A 2011 Subaru and a 2007 Volkswagen were stolen and five unlocked cars were burglarized recently.
- Salvation Army store plans on hold for now — Jan. 25 — The Salvation Army’s plan to buy the Gordon Foods Service Store at 2424 Oakton St. was placed on hold temporarily Tuesday by Evanston’s Design and Project Review Committee.
- 593 new student COVID cases this week — Jan. 14 — The first week of public school in Evanston has seen the highest number of new COVID-19 cases among students since school began in August.
- Magnet schools under microscope — Jan. 29 — Enrollment is down. Some parents have doubts about the programs. And a consultant says “we really need to think differently about the roles and outcomes of magnet schools.”
- District 65: No questions allowed — Jan. 23 — Redrawing school attendance boundaries was the topic of a community meeting Saturday in which residents were not allowed to ask any questions.