Fact patrol: The consent decree

The consent decree that ended Northwestern University's suit against the city over creation of the Northeast Evanston Historic District two years ago was back in the news last week.

Some residents charged at the City Council meeting that the university violated the consent decree this month when it paid $600,000 for a single family home at 1945 Orrington Ave.

The house in question. (County Assessor photo)

Inclusionary housing: Sticking it to newcomers

The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance our aldermen are considering would stick buyers of new condos in Evanston with the bill for the loss of affordable housing here, while all property owners reap the profits from the rising home values that created the affordability issue.

Evanston needs stronger affordable housing ordinance

Remarks before the City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting Monday night:

I want to make it clear this evening that I support the alternative proposals of the Housing Commission regarding the set aside percentage, the fee-in-lieu option, the affordability period and allowing not-for-profits to purchase inclusionary units. However, I also wish to raise other issues about the ordinance, dated 3/22/06 to which I will make reference.