Four topics have dominated comments by public speakers at Evanston City Council meetings so far this year. And of the more than 90 people who've spoken, 10 people have largely dominated the discussion.
Neighbors freaked out this spring about plans to build new five story apartment buildings on Emerson Street between Wesley and Jackson avenues, and that's led Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, to call for downzoning the area.
The City of Evanston issued its new request for proposals Thursday for someone to lease the vacant Harley Clarke mansion on the lakefront and offered reporters a tour of the place, which has been shuttered for the past several years.
Evanston, often criticized for "drive-by diversity" -- having dramatic disparities in its racial mix from one neighborhood to another -- came in for criticism this week for what might be called "drive-by affordability."