Evanston RoundTable
Council member Jonathan Nieuwsma leads Grey Park Neighbors meeting. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Good morning, Evanston.

Evanston City Council member Jonathan Nieuwsma has been holding public meetings to address concerns raised by Fourth Ward residents that aggressive and antisocial behavior is increasing near Grey Park, on the northeast corner of Main Street and Ridge Avenue.

Police data from the last few years reflect some of these concerns. The number of 911 and nonemergency calls made in all of Evanston involving panhandling has been steadily growing since 2018. There have also been recent incidents of burglary, criminal damage and indecent exposure, as well as four back-to-back break-ins on Main Street in September, Evanston Police Commander Ryan Glew confirmed.

In interviews with the RoundTable, several Evanstonians said they have lived near Grey Park for years and always loved it, but now feel there’s been a change.

Nieuwsma said it isn’t entirely clear who is causing these issues and why there’s been an uptick in this kind of behavior, but he said discussions surrounding the recent issues should certainly involve Albany Care, a psychiatric rehabilitation clinic just east of Grey Park.

Members of the Evanston City Council’s Rules Committee were deadlocked Oct. 18 on whether to lower the number of votes needed to remove a future City Manager from the position, increasing the likelihood that requiring seven votes of the 10-member Council will stand as the rule.

COVID by the numbers: Four new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is nine.

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...