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  1. Thank you for highlighting this meeting. However, I’m concerned that the focus as described (in this short summary, of course) was on the need for “concessions…if the city OKs the $800-million project.” Why skip right to the “if”? As though the re-build is not only a certainty, but acceptable?
    Indeed, some of the participants described this as a “moment of opportunity” to get things the city deserves from NU—quite a range of mechanisms and also types of investment are possible. But our attitude should not just be one of quid pro quo. What Evanston residents need first and foremost is the ability to say “no” to a bad idea.
    I have a bad feeling that the approach described here (and indeed embraced by some participants, but not all) definitely serves NU’s own PR effort to promote this as essentially a “done deal.”