Category: Evanston RoundTable

After census shows imbalances, city may see new ward boundaries

By Bob Seidenberg With a population deviation of more than 20% between some wards,  members of  a city Redistricting Committee recommended May 10 the City move forward on remapping effort to create greater balance. At the same time, officials vowed to keep…
City may turn to outside firm for  business districts study

By Bob Seidenberg rseiden914@gmail.com Evanston officials have turned to a Philadelphia, Pa., firm to conduct a comprehensive study of the city’s business districts and suggest ways the city can realign itself in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic. Members of…

By Bob Seidenberg Snapper Poche took his listeners on a verbal ride through his government career, from his stint as Director of Code Enforcement in post-Katrina New Orleans to dealing with blighted properties as head of the Bloomberg Harvard City…

By Bob Seidenberg Alcohol is not prohibited in Evanston and indeed the substance is “flowing through many livers,” in the city, observed Eighth Ward City Council Member Devon Reid at the city’s April 27 Economic Development Committee (EDC) meeting. Alcohol…
City kicks around soccer pitches idea for empty lots

By Bob Seidenberg Two city-owned properties at 1805 Church St. and 1708-10 Darrow Ave. lie within the West Evanston tax-increment financing district and are slated to be redeveloped several years down the road. Instead of sitting unused until then, though,…
Lobbyist position has delivered for Evanston in the past

By Bob Seidenberg Evanston has employed a lobbyist representing the city’s legislative interests off and on for more than four decades. The lobbyist has been the city’s point person in Springfield, and occasionally in Washington, advocating for the city’s needs…
City skate park rolls forward to final design

By Bob Seidenberg Starting from scratch nearly a year ago, a city team is now moving closer to a final design for a state-of-the-art skate park at Twiggs Park, which lies along the North Shore Channel between Green Bay Road…