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A website that claims to focus on what makes small- to medium-sized cities great places to live has ranked Evanston’s downtown the 10th best in the country.

Livability says downtown Evanston has “a highly walkable environment that’s loaded with entertainment options and thriving businesses.” It says downtown’s “mix of contemporary condo buildings and post-modern office buildings create an appealing skyline.”

And it adds that “three public transportation options, including light rail, and ample, inexpensive parking making getting in and out of downtown Evanston easy.”

Now you might be surprised at some of the towns that came in higher on Livability’s list. Would you believe Fargo, N.Dak., and Lincoln, Neb., were among the spots that beat us out?

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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4 Comments

  1. How can this be?

    Wait a minute, I thought residential density in downtown was supposed to ruin Evanston and turn it into a living nightmare? At least that's what Nimby's, yesterday and today, have always proclaimed. This article must have been written by some nefarious profiteering developer, further exploiting us while contributing to the greater ruin of our fragile little town. No more! Save our views!

  2. Light rail?
    “And it adds that “three public transportation options, including light rail, and ample, inexpensive parking making getting in and out of downtown Evanston easy.”

    Light rail? In Evanston? No, the CTA is ‘heavy rail’. The nearest light rail systems (not counting Kenosha’s streetcars) are in St. Louis, Cleveland (Shaker Rapid) , or the Twin Cities (Hiawatha and Green Line).

    And getting in and out of downtown Evanston is a pain, regardless of the good public transport or inexpensive parking (yes, it is inexpensive)…taking Dempster or Golf or Sheridan is really, really inconvenient. If you are coming from anywhere outside of the city of Evanston, getting into Evanston is a pain.

    1. Only going to get more difficult

      It will only get harder to get into the city when Green Bay goes from 4 lanes down to 3 lanes.  Reducing the amount of lanes into a growing city is not a good combination. It doesn't take a genius to figure this one out.

    2. Light rail is shorthand

      Enquiring Mind, "light rail" is shorthand in this use, comparing the CTA to the "commuter rail" Metra. Yes, the technology is old and "heavy," but it is differentiated from the older and heavier use of mainline railroads. IMHO.

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