Worries that the economic slowdown would leave nothing interesting to write about were unfounded. Invariably, something noteworthy meets the eye of the parapatetic architechture critic. Examples follow.

• On the west side of Chicago Avenue south of Dempster Street, there is a new Nissan/Autobarn building – an attractive, intelligent remodeling in which the varying heights of the existing structures were unified and the entire complex resurfaced. The new louvered façades became an attractive background for signage, the entrance is graphically powerful and the entire project of refacing disjointed old structures was carried out eminently well.

• Both the Public Works and the Planning departments of the City of Evanston should be complimented for widening the sidewalk on the east side of Maple Avenue between Church and Clark streets in front of the cinema. This will not only accommodate the crowd when the movies end but will become a promenade that is good for everybody, especially the merchants on the street. The landscaped median strip was lost when the theater complex was built, and the promenade is a far better idea indeed.

• Another good thing taking place in Evanston is the way the vacant downtown stores have been turned into exhibition space for artists. It started along Church Street with work from the North Shore Art League in one store and expanded to other locations based on a juried selection system. It is a program called Art Under Glass, organized by the Arts and Business Committee of the Evanston Arts Council. They provide the curriculum vitae of each artist and arrange the exhibits.

• Even better news is the formation of the new Perspective Gallery, a group venture by 17 photographers at 1310-1/2 Chicago Ave. A visit to their first group show is rewarding – their work is excellent. Art Under Glass is a great treat for the eyes, whether or not it has led to any purchases. Perhaps the artists in Perspective Gallery will fare better.

• Another bonus is the proliferation of sidewalk cafés all over the City of Evanston. Though a café may invade the walking space, people seem comfortable putting up with that, and in pleasant weather the outdoor cafés are quite popular. Fortunately, pets do not seem to be the problem in Evanston that they are in Paris. People here seem comfortable leaving dogs at home rather than putting them in an adjoining restaurant seat. Also unlike  Paris, here the awnings cannot be extended over the tables if it rains, so Evanstonians simply go and eat inside – they know how to compromise.

• On the west side of Chicago Avenue south of Dempster Street, there is a new Nissan/Autobarn building – an attractive, intelligent remodeling in which the varying heights of the existing structures were unified and the entire complex resurfaced. The new louvered façades became an attractive background for signage, the entrance is graphically powerful and the entire project of refacing disjointed old structures was carried out eminently well.
 

• Both the Public Works and the Planning departments of the City of Evanston should be complimented for widening the sidewalk on the east side of Maple Avenue between Church and Clark streets in front of the cinema. This will not only accommodate the crowd when the movies end but will become a promenade that is good for everybody, especially the merchants on the street. The landscaped median strip was lost when the theater complex was built, and the promenade is a far better idea indeed.
 

• Another good thing taking place in Evanston is the way the vacant downtown stores have been turned into exhibition space for artists. It started along Church Street with work from the North Shore Art League in one store and expanded to other locations based on a juried selection system. It is a program called Art Under Glass, organized by the Arts and Business Committee of the Evanston Arts Council. They provide the curriculum vitae of each artist and arrange the exhibits.
 

• Even better news is the formation of the new Perspective Gallery, a group venture by 17 photographers at 1310-1/2 Chicago Ave. A visit to their first group show is rewarding – their work is excellent. Art Under Glass is a great treat for the eyes, whether or not it has led to any purchases. Perhaps the artists in Perspective Gallery will fare better.


• Another bonus is the proliferation of sidewalk cafés all over the City of Evanston. Though a café may invade the walking space, people seem comfortable putting up with that, and in pleasant weather the outdoor cafés are quite popular. Fortunately, pets do not seem to be the problem in Evanston that they are in Paris. People here seem comfortable leaving dogs at home rather than putting them in an adjoining restaurant seat. Also unlike  Paris, here the awnings cannot be extended over the tables if it rains, so Evanstonians simply go and eat inside – they know how to compromise.