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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Community forum entry by: Barbara Janes

NoParkSale sends out a great big Thank you to our supporters who have hung in there with us for more than three years as we worked, with your support, toward the goal of keeping the Harley Clarke mansion by Lighthouse Beach as a public space with public programming accessible to all Evanston residents.
On Sept. 12, the City Council voted unanimously to support Alderman Wilson’s proposal to invest $250,000 in repairs to the building and to establish a committee consisting of representatives from the Parks and Recreation Board and the Lighthouse Landing Complex Committee to develop public programming.
NoParkSale has given much thought to the kinds of public programming that could be held at the buildings (main house and coach houses), programming that would be appropriate, enjoyable, and accessible to all Evanston residents. There is no end to the possibilities.
We look forward to working cooperatively with the City committee to share our ideas to ensure that our/your vision of the potential for Harley Clarke house is realized.
Thank you so very much for your continued support. You made it possible for us to “hang in there” to realize our initial goal of saving the building for public use.
Now we ask for your continued support and ideas as we participate in the collaborative City committee process to determine the specific types of public programming that will enhance our Evanston community’s quality of life. Send your suggestions to us at or
Thank you again. We look forward to your continued support.
We will expand our mission to ensure that all Evanston public parks and lakefront remain public for all residents to enjoy. To ensure this goal we have created a broader group called the Evanston Parks and Lakefront Alliance.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Community forum entry by: Junad Rizki

Anyone see a problem with this? The City is telling residents one thing and telling the court something different. Water is safe it is telling residents. Water is not safe, it’s telling the court.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Community forum entry by: Jim LaRochelle

Recently while doing my usual walking exercise along Northwestern University’s lakefront, I nearly stepped into the path of a bicyclist who was coming from behind me. I have noticed that most bikers do not announce they are approaching walkers from behind. Bicyclists who practice safe riding do announce they are “passing on the left” or “passing on the right” when coming up on a walker. It is often difficult, or impossible, to hear bike riders coming from behind, especially if a walker is listening through earphones to cell phones or music. I wish this would become the norm for all bicyclists. It doesn’t seem to be taught to bike riders when they are young, or even old. Even having a handlebar mounted bell that would do the “ring” “ring” thing would be helpful to inform unsuspecting walkers that a bike is approaching from somewhere.
To any bike riders who might read my point of view, please, please tell walkers you are “passing on your left” or “passing on your right,” when you are approaching them from behind. It is an easy thing to do, a considerate thing to do, and a safe thing to do, for you, and for walkers.

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016
Community forum entry by: Clif Brown

The Charlotte killing coming as the latest in a long string of police shootings makes it evident that too many police live in a world of their own dominated by fear and disconnected from what is actually happening. In this case the path to take was obvious - let the wife talk to her husband, yet she was warned off, left trying to scream to him from a distance - violence was the only way. What can you as a citizen do to change this?

Proper policing requires putting oneself at risk of attack before attacking. Police must not use force unless it is used against them first. They must also use minimum force even though in many communities they are being equipped to face armageddon. Escalation of force must be prompted by what the subject does first, only matched by police in response as a last resort. Though this seems to be beyond what can be expected in America it is the practice in other places.

The Europeans in particular know how to properly police, yet where are many American police departments, including Chicago's, looking for guidance? To Israel, known for the brutality of its police and army against people who are not allowed to be armed and have no rights. Not only are too many American police departments doing the job wrong, they are learning from the worst example, an operation that specializes in violence against different ethnic group with a citizenry that for the most part heartily approves. Here the other is black, there the other is Palestinian.

I have been trying for several weeks now to get a definitive reply from our Chief Eddington, asking if there has been any interaction with Israel, including trips to Israel by EPD personnel. I have not be able to get a categorical no.

American police departments should be forming relationships with, for example, the German police, or the Netherlands (Dutch) police, who are challenged by a multi-cultural society and have a proven record of success without violence, which is the definition of proper policing, not a record of violence as Israel has, as one would expect where the mindset is "if they are not like us, they are terrorists - strike first".

Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Community forum entry by: Julie Johnson

It's heartbreaking to hear the news that a Northwestern freshman has lost her life while biking at Sheridan and Library Place. At the same time, this tragedy reminds me of the dangerous--and easily corrected--behaviors we who live near the University witness daily by students. Often while driving at dusk or dark on our dimly lit streets we have had near misses with practically invisible bicyclists with no headlight, taillight, or helmet, often in dark clothes. I urge the City and Northwestern to undertake a serious educational campaign about bike safety, and if necessary, to mandate basic safety provisions such as the use of head and tail lights after dark. I personally love to bike, but shudder to think of the accidents waiting to happen on our dark streets, with our current mix of unprotected bicyclists, and car drivers--some of whom are beginning drivers, some racing to deliver a pizza, or get to an event on time. Let's work together to prevent another death.

Julie Johnson

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