This is an all-inclusive, unforgiving, categorical imperative: Do not park when and where the signs say not to park.

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… that the Flying Turkey trot at the lakefront on Thanksgiving Day was a great success – about 1,500 folks prepared for an afternoon of turkey, stuffing and football by running the 10K race.

… that, also in that area, the Walgreen’s at 635 Chicago Ave. may be demolished and replaced with a new one.

… that residents have only until Dec. 16 to purchase their vehicle stickers. While they don’t have to be displayed until Jan. 5, they must be purchased by Beethoven’s birthday to avoid a penalty. Da-da-da-DUM!

… that the City has a new superintendent of Streets and Sanitation, James Maiworm. He comes to Evanston, most recently from Hawthorn Woods, with more than 20 years of public works and parks maintenance management experience.

… that, even though the street-sweeping season officially ended last week, the machines will pass once more through town. As of Monday, City crews were making a final sweep through the City from Howard to Isabella.  The City also advises residents not to rake leaves into the street and to report errant leaf piles by calling 3-1-1. Those who envy Wilmette’s policy of letting folks (or their lawn services) heap leaves into the streets may be interested to see how difficult it can be to park on those streets during leaf season.

… that snow season is upon us. Even though the ground and streets are clear, the snow regulations have been in effect since last Thursday. In Evanston we have “snow-route parking bans” and “snow emergencies.” Both of them entail getting cars out of the way so streets can be cleared – major routes first, then down to the least-traveled residential streets. A “snow-route parking ban” (SRPB) can be declared after an accumulation of two inches or more of snow for main thoroughfares that are designated as Snow Routes. For the vehicle-owner, observing the SRPB requires two kinds of vigilance: 1) avoid parking on a snow route, and 2) if you are planning to park overnight on a snow route, check the weather forecast. Signs alerting parkers to snow routes are posted at intervals along snow routes, and parking is banned between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. after an accumulation of two or more inches of snow. The City says it will sound the siren at 8:15 on SRPB nights.

… that four inches of snow a snow emergency maketh. Snow emergency – SE – applies to streets that are not snow routes. These streets are plowed over a two-day period (even or odd side one day and the opposite side the next day). Snow Emergencies can be extended if conditions warrant it. The city’s emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Snow Emergency days.

Now here’s the catch for SRPBs and for SEs: Check out the signs, not the streets. Even if the streets look like they have been cleared, the plows may return. For the most part, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., it is wise not to park on even-numbered sides of streets on even-numbered days or on odd-numbered sides of streets on odd-numbered days. (The City says not to park “on the odd side of streets on odd days” but TG feels that is too expansive.)

Residents can call 3-1-1 or go to to report an unplowed street during a snow emergency.

So that’s what the City will do. Here’s what is expected of property owners, et al.: Clear sidewalks adjacent to their property within24 hours after any snowfall; use salt or sand if shoveling is impossible. Landlords are responsible for keeping sidewalks, parking lots and all common areas, including open stairwells, free from all hazardous conditions at all times.

 Violations cost the City time and the car-owner money.

When the snow is piling up fast, residents can check out the City’s website, or call 847-864-SNOW or turn on cable channel 16 to see how the snow is affecting the City. Such information will be posted on the RoundTable’s website,, as well, as soon as the information is received.

… that the City of Chicago has decided it would be a good idea to have the police and fire headquartered together. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “It should bring the type of collaboration, consolidation that has been long-awaited. No other city has now launched this effort of public safety.” Evanston’s fire and police have been headquartered together at 909 Lake St. /1454 Elmwood Ave. for decades, but Evanston’s being so far away from Chicago, it is no wonder Mayor Emanuel did not know about it. Here’s how City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz responded: “Evanston Press Corps: Of course, Evanston Police and Fire Headquarters has been co-located for some time. We are always glad to have Chicago follow our good ideas.”

… that a recent visitor to TG coined what he called the “Tisdahl two-step”: easing up on the pot regulations while sliding in increases in taxes and fees. Could work, but what will they do next year?

… that State climatologist Jim Angel reports that last month was the sixth wettest and ninth warmest November on record for Illinois. The “statewide average precipitation amount of 5.23 inches [was] 1.9 inches above average. Several sites in southern Illinois had over 9 inches of rain, including Cairo with 9.92 inches
(the most of any site in the state). The statewide average temperature of 45.3 degrees [was] 3.6 degrees above average.” Two other “outstanding features” of November, he says, were the end of the draught in western and central Illinois and the snowiest spot of the month’s being in southern Illinois: 2.5 inches of snow fell by the morning of Nov. 30 at Grand Chain Dam on the Ohio River. He adds, “The normal snowfall for November ranges from 1 to 2 inches in northern
Illinois to no snowfall in southern Illinois – the near opposite of this year. It is just another example of Illinois weather ‘not playing by the rules.’”

From our readers

TG: I hope you like this photo. I took it at the University of Chicago, where, as they say, “fun goes to die.” Apparently it may return for a java. – Natalie Wainwright.

From TG:  Great photo and pithy observation, Ms. Wainwright. The sign reads, “Grounds of Being … where God drinks coffee.”

The Traffic Guy Thinks …

… that a final word about snow – a snow cap, as it were – may be due: Shovel those walks in front of the house, and make a nice, wide, clear path so a person with a dog or a cane or a walker or a friend can get through. Also, don’t expect any alley to be plowed: Evanston doesn’t do that; garbage trucks will pack down tracks in the alleys as they do their pickups, which could help some. Also, remember that a snowplow clearing a street can leave an arête of salty snow along the driveway or alley entry. There appears to be no cure for this but a snow-shovel.