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What's Your Valentine's Message to Evanston?

Write a love note to your hometown.

Dear Evanston,

We heart you. There are so many reasons why, and we hope that readers will share theirs below in the comment section.

We love you because you sit right on the lake. In the summer, we can go for a bike ride along the water, then fix an amazing meal with goodies from the farmer's market. In the winter, when we don't feel like bundling up for a bike ride, we love you because the el is right there to take us somewhere warm downtown. We can keep the car at home most of the time year-round.

Love,

Evanston Patch

Do you have a love letter for Evanston? Please leave it in the comments section below.

Jordan Graham February 13, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Since no one is biting, I’ll kick this off. Dear Evanston, I’ve left you time and time again, but you always stay with me. The lessons that I learned growing up here influence the decisions I make on a daily basis and color the way I perceive the world around me. Your racial, economic, political and social diversity taught me to question commonly held perceptions and social norms, to recognize that people’s life experiences can vary greatly and to understand that a melting pot can only truly be called that when people make an effort to connect across differences. I met my closest friends during my time here, people who continue to play important roles in my life because of the shared experiences we had in your borders. Though most of us have left, we continue to carry the spirit of Evanston wherever we go, championing social justice in the professions we pursue. Evanston is a mixed bag, and my feelings for it are not always positive, but the positives also never go away, especially when Evanstonians with a shared vision fight to realize your promise of equal opportunity for all. In the words of Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.”, a song chronicling his love for Chicago, “I met this girl when I was three-years-old, and what I loved most is she had so much soul.” I feel the same way about my hometown (and also move here when I was three). To our past, present and future Evanston, Jordan (longtime freelancer and current interim editor at Evanston Patch)
Lonnie wilson February 13, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I love Evanston on and off of valentines day it a special place with tons of special people! It created me good and bad! I am lucky my forefathers did what the did so I could be raised here! Hopefully Evanston will stand up to it diversified town press releases and helps the black and brown people remain here so some future Black or brown Evanstonian can say thanks for being raised here, if not that would be SAD!!

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