Inclusionary housing plan won't solve the problem

The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance our aldermen will consider Monday won't solve Evanston's housing affordability problem. It seems that, at most, it might solve 10 percent of it.

The draft ordinance says the council has concluded, after studying a complicated state formula, that the share of housing units in town that are affordable dropped from 25.9 percent to 19.1 percent between 2000 and 2005.

New signs proposed for historic districts

Evanston may soon have new signs to identify its historic districts.

The Preservation Commission this week recommended that the City Council spend about $25,000 to replace the faded, 20-year-old signs for the city's first historic districts and install signs in two newer districts that have never been signed.