Stories about the rusting Union Pacific viaduct on Emerson Street took two spots in the top 10 list for the most read stories on Evanston Now in February.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10:

  1. What to do with the ugly viaduct? — Feb. 18 — Evanston aldermen tonight will be asked what they want to do to dress up the Union Pacific viaduct at the intersection of Emerson Street, Ridge Avenue and Green Bay Road.
  2. Farina arrested again on home repair charge — Feb. 6 — For the second time this year, Evanston police have arrested Kerry J. Farina, 38, of 2004 Foster St., on a charge of home repair fraud.
  3. Senior center benefactor dies — Feb. 16 — Joseph Levy Jr., the former Evanston auto dealer who helped fund senior centers in Evanston, Chicago and Bolingbrook, died Friday night.
  4. Viaduct’s full ugliness to be exposed — Feb. 19 — Evanston aldermen voted Monday to comply with a request from the Union Pacific Railroad and remove the fabric covering shielding the rusted surface of the Emerson-Ridge-Green Bay viaduct from view.
  5. City to reinstate locked dumpster rule — Feb. 17 — Evanston aldermen Monday will be asked to do some cleanup on a recent change to the city code.
  6. Alderman gripes about city manager’s job search — Feb. 7 — Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, in a newsletter to his constituents today, complained about City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz applying for jobs elsewhere and called for a public City Council discussion about the future of the city manager’s position.
  7. Crown foes try to derail rec center project — Feb. 13 — Seven months after Evanston aldermen approved a $53 million plan to build a new Robert Crown Center and six months after construction started, a handful of angry residents tried to derail the project Wednesday night.
  8. Security staffer charged with sexual assault of ETHS student — Feb. 12 — A security staff member at Evanston Township High School has been charged with criminal sexual assault in an incident involving a 17-year-old student at the school.
  9. Subdivision planned for former mayor’s land — Feb. 11 — Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to approve resubdivision of property on Darrow Avenue that was the long-time home of the city’s late former mayor, Lorraine Morton.
  10. City staff balks at new coach house limits — Feb. 4 — A city staff memo to be discussed at tonight’s City Council meeting suggests aldermen should take a closer look at the potential consequences before adopting new occupancy restrictions on coach houses and other accessory dwelling units.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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