Services for Charles 'Chuck' Remen

Evanston businessman and community activist Chuck Remen died Friday at the age of 75. Mr. Remen served with distinction for six years on The Evanston Chamber board of directors, was involved in the Governmental Affairs Council and in other areas of the organization.

Jane Jacobs: An appreciation

Two days ago, an important voice, who challenged the status quo, died in Toronto, where she had lived. Jane Jacobs was a social critic who redefined and championed cities. Jacobs, who wrote the seminal work, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” in 1961, was a hero of mine and of many others who believe that urban centers like Evanston must be diverse, dynamic, and dense, in order to be successful. By congregating people and activities and promoting more social interaction, Jacobs offered prescriptions that questioned the often-destructive and popular urban renewal methods.