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Some of the affordable housing models presented at Tuesday’s meeting. (Graphic from Housing and Community Development Committee presentation)

Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

All the way back in March of 2020, the pandemic put a wrench in the city’s progress toward building more affordable housing units. But after a long delay, the Housing and Community Development Committee finally met Tuesday night to discuss the findings of a survey that asked Evanston residents about their housing needs.

The results showed frustrations with rising rent prices and a slow but steady decline in the number of affordable housing units available throughout Evanston over the last two decades.

During the conversation, the committee showed support for expanding the available housing options by investing in developments like accessory dwelling units, which are part of a larger building but have their own entrance, bathroom, kitchen and living space.

Residents in Evanston’s southeast Third Ward are on alert after recent carjackings in the area. (Photo by Bob Seidenberg)

Amid a crime surge in southeast Evanston, several recent carjackings have put residents on high alert for any suspicious activity. Evanston police have made an arrest in one of the carjacking incidents, officials announced at a special Third Ward meeting Oct. 19.

Council member Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, called the meeting after an increase in crime in the southeast ward. Six robberies were reported in the ward between Sept. 1 and Oct. 18; two of the robberies were carjackings and one was an attempted carjacking.

COVID by the numbers: 11 new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is 10.

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Dolly and Frankie fly the W after the 2016 Cubs World Series win. (RoundTable photo)

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...