What Events Defined Evanston in 2013?

What were the highs and lows of this past year in Evanston? Tell us in the comments.

Photo courtesy of Scott Kelly.
Photo courtesy of Scott Kelly.
With a new year beginning soon, we take stock and look back at what's happened over the previous year.

Looking back at the past year in Evanston, we want to know what events you saw as the defining moments of 2013. What were the highs and lows of the year? Tell us in the comments.
Mildred December 18, 2013 at 03:24 PM
NS December 18, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Thats easy....guns and violence and death
Dan December 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Bike the Ridge. The idea that families of all different backgrounds, come out for one Sunday morning, biking up and down the streets, and enjoying living music.
Don Zeigler December 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Opening of the Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center at Dempster & Hartrey to serve countless in our community who have lacked comprehensive health care!
Jordan S. Zoot December 19, 2013 at 11:07 AM
The failure of the Westside Community to embrace the need to engage with the police and ETHS to extend the safe zone around the high school. It demonstrates that despite all of the platitudes from city officials the community the racial divide in Evanston is alive and unwell.
ereality December 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Harley Clarke sale and questionable behaviors by certain alderpersons during that process; same city officials giving away valuable lakefront land to NU for a parking garage; same city officials approving rezoning of Colonel Jenny Pritzker's private homes to commercial ones in residential areas and having private meetings with her and accepting donations from her during aldermanic elections. Same city officials turning their backs on all of the continued violence around ETHS (including shooting, deaths of ETHS students and stabbing of an ETHS parent), backing down on approving the proposed Safe Zone, but coming up with no real solutions.
Karen December 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM
A low is Evanston Patch serving as a primarily crime blotter, conveyor of sensationalistic coverage of everything and anything that is negative about our town and serving as a mouthpiece for the gun nuts in this town (why was there four blogs that appeared in one day on pro gun or airing dirty laundry.) This paper does not "get" this town. Why don't we ever get a flavor for the community's great desire for diversity that we hope lifts all boats...all the interesting, electric and inspiring people and projects in this city, all the artists, actors, inventors, etc. The innovative relationship we have with Northwestern. I'm not saying you should not cover crime, but it is excessive to cover each minor and negative event ad nauseam (3-4 times) as well as be so inaccurate in coverage (often "Evanston Man" accused of crime is from somewhere else, etc.) We have always had some element of crime in certain areas, but that does not define us solely and the people want desperately for the best in this community. This paper is such a downer and a disservice to our community. It does not paint an accurate picture of us.
Jordan S. Zoot December 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Karen....actually its people like you that are a HUGE part of the problem in Evanston. You espouse all kinds of progressive values and don't see the connection to responsibility and that it isn't all about entitlements. If people actually make the difference to be part of the solution that's when the difference starts to occur. As for labeling a person that is vocal about asserting their rights under the Second Amendment as a "gun nut"....that speaks volumes about your lack of understanding. I could return the pejorative by referring to you as a "tree hugger" but that doesn't add much to the conversation. There is plenty in Patch besides coverage of crime......and some of us do view homicides, bank robberies, and armed robberies to be newsworthy. Wouldn't it be great is something happened in 2014 that actually lead to a reduction in crime. By the way, I look forward to seeing you and your friends on the streets of Evanston in 2014 when some of us will actually will LEGALLY be carrying firearms.
Dan December 19, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Dan December 19, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Karen: the editor of this paper is a brilliantly educated lady and it is a free periodical. She covers major news events. To dissect your comments and add some of my own insofar as events of significance in Evanston.....unfortunately crime has played a role and the editor, a very attractive lady I might add, covered events in an unbiased manner. The Chicago television stations have employed anchors over the past ten years that have sold and ingested narcotics, driven cars drunk, imply lude exploitation s, had their kids commit suicide, and colluded with law enforcement to conceal news stories period. So we get a hell of a deal with this gal. Evanston is in my mind like a Renoir / Norman Rockwell painting with great retail, diversity, gorgeous students walking around very poised, a mix of art decco and the modern and subtle in its commercial and resedential structures, and stand outs such as Northwestern University and hospital and St. Francis. very bright/highly intelligent residents reside here. It has been plagued in recent years by punks that seek to add fear in their primitive deadly crimes, however, the highly dedicated police force respond quickly and it could be significantly worse if not for them. The whole town is like a scene out of the movie Love Story,(Ryan O'Neil and Ali McGraw) . This paper does get it all too well and what it misses the blogs cover. The people who do not get it in Cook county are governors that went to jail, a General assembly that does not address the pension crises and a sitting governor who refused to pay them until they got an injunction, a mayor who pulls shenanigans, Chicago public school teachers making $50.00 an hour and persuade Karen Lewis, their union rep to demand more benefits while half the kids fail to graduate high school, corrupt law enforcement state , local, and federal except Evanston and most in Downer Grove, some Alderman, Mayor Daly who as states Attorney turned a blind eye to police tortures at area two in the seventies, doomsday financial meltdowns statewide, and a south side that was let down by the Jackson's. I think this paper covers the bases, it is free, I just want to know Evanston's bond rating. I do know Jenny Pritzker and Isiah Thomas would not set up shop here or property values having remained constant if the town were poorly managed...this indicates Evanston, like in one of the songs lyrics in the movie, Oklahoma, is doing just fine. This paper is like a philosophical discourse and though not perfect strives to cover the bases as it were. This paper is not a "downer" , rather it may not delve deeply enough into parts of Evanston that need attention such as low socioeconomic areas and some creativity in inviting say food depositories and specific renovations to be covered. However, the blogs address these concerns and Karen......you may as well. Overall, people like Jordan Zoot are spot on and you will have some posters that upset the ambience of this paper, you take the good with the bad. To Jenny Fisher.....youth sells and the gorgeous girl next door sell and you are on a roll kiddo.....enjoy it while it lasts because we are lucky to have you. Dan.
Jordan S. Zoot December 19, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Dan...well said..everything works well when everyone joins the discussion..we don't all agree, and having everyone able to participate. Patch is a wonderful forum to have the discussion in.
Dan December 19, 2013 at 03:25 PM
I must say that camera on your helmet......you really are fashion conscience to the point some of my peers lips quiver it is so touching. If you ever get to Devon and California a mysterious punjabi video might be in your future on youtube. They will all sing and dance in the streets on a hot July day.
Jordan S. Zoot December 19, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Dan C December 19, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Karen, you are a very delusional person and appear to know little about journalism. Evanston Patch is outstanding.
ereality December 19, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Karen: I must question how well you know this town based upon your comments, esp as it relates describing the city's relations with NU as "innovative". For who? Certainly not for our city, who continues to get raked over the coals by the purple monster on the Lake. A more appropriate term would be antaganostic. I would also settle for "imperialistic", and/or "bloodsucking" too.
Dwayne A. Aiken December 19, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Senseless Gun Violence & The Taking of Young Lives.
Jordan S. Zoot December 19, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Gun Violence ...HA! a firearm is an inanimate object not capable of violence by itself. When our existing laws aren't enforced and prohibited three time violent predicate felons get them in their hands they use them to further their criminal activity.Where individuals are involved with gangs they have a high tendency to get involved in violent confrontations and die due to bad choices. Don't blame the firearms blame the individuals [and their parents] for bad decisions.
Dan December 19, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Do any of you even live in Evanston? Guns and Violence, not sure where you call home, but that is not the Evanston I know. NU Games, Farmers Market, Art Festivals, Great Beaches, Block Parties, Running Trails, a park on almost every corner, and downtown is the envy of any North Shore town. You guys need to shake off the crazy and get back to reality. Walk outside once in a while, better yet - hop on a bicycle and see Evanston for what it is.
Jordan S. Zoot December 19, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I live at Sherman and Grove thank you.....one block from the location of two bank robberies in the last two months...two blocks from a double homicide three months ago and a police shooting of an armed criminal last week....welcome to the Evanston that is pretty damn close to my front door and its DOWNTOWN.


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