The City of Evanston issued nearly 10,000 tickets for street-cleaning parking violations during the second quarter of this year, heavily concentrated on high-density residential streets on the east side of town.

At $75 per ticket, and with a 9.5 month street-cleaning season, that could bring bring in nearly $2 million in annual revenue, if tickets continue to be issued at the same pace and every violator paid the ticket.

The map above shows roughly how many tickets were issued on each block in town. The 1500 block of Oak Avenue won the prize for most tickets issued, with 102.

Ten more blocks drew more than 50 tickets each. They were, in descending order, the 1200 block of Elmwood, Avenue, the 400 block of Main Street, the 900, 800 and 1600 blocks of Hinman Avenue, the 1900 block of Sherman Avenue, the 600 block of Colfax Street, the 100 block of Clyde Avenue, the 800 block of Judson Avenue and the 600 block of Lincoln Street.

In response to complaints that the city’s street cleaning signs are hard to read and only posted at each end of each block, city officials will propose at Monday’s City Council meeting that an additional sign be posted at mid-block on the 61 blocks where 30 or more tickets were issued between April 1 and July 9 this year.

A memo to aldermen says those changes can be made using the city’s existing inventory of signs.

Aldermen balked at a proposal July 9 to add 2,500 new signs of the existing design on all city streets at an estimated cost of $40,000 for signs and posts.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Thank you for sharing

    This is facinating, but not too surprising that tickets are concentrated around commercial, university, and high-density condo/apartments.

    I think the $75 fine is fair, too. I’d be curious what percentage of tickets are repeats; perhaps repeat offenders could be towed, as well.

    Also – when I first read about the new signage discussion, I honestly thought it would be a poor use of $40k of funds to do them all at once. While replacing on an as-needed basis sounds logical and fiscally responsible, I think this would then cause inconsistency and confusion – especially to visitors.   However, after reading about the potential $2M in revenue derived from issuing parking tickets I would support the new signage.

    Thank you for sharing this type and formot of content!

  2. Signs Don’t Help Absentee Owners

    Having lived in one of those hot spots, I can tell you that more signs probably won’t help. A lot of the cars that get ticketed have been parked there by owners who only drive once a week (or once a month) and don’t check on their cars regularly. Sometimes, I’ve seen cars parked on these streets for 2-3 months straight and it’s only when they get an orange “Abandoned Vehicle” sticker that the owner finally moves it. 

  3. Street Cleaning ticket
    My wife visited your town for a funeral at St Mary’s and had to park 1 block from the church. When she came out, she had been ticketed. No sign visible. Thanks Evanston for your hospitality.

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