Evanston RoundTable

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

From cracks in the floor at the Robert Crown Community Center to permit requests piling up in the city building department, Evanston officials provided some vivid examples at a budget hearing Oct. 18 on the need to boost staffing that was put on hold during COVID-19.

The staff comments came at the special City Council meeting Oct. 18 at which alderpersons held their first extended discussion of the proposed 2022 budget.

The bike lane on Central Street by Bent Park viewed from Hastings and Central

The Lighthouse Keeper took a look at many of the city’s bike lanes after hearing that a girl riding her bike in the bike lane was hit by a bus near Bent Park last Wednesday morning, near the area shown in the photo above.

A RoundTable reader said that despite the crosswalk at Hastings with a pedestrian-activated sign, many drivers run through it even when the sign is activated. Neighbors have reportedly asked the city about putting a stop sign at Ridgeway or Lawndale, but have been told there isn’t enough traffic to justify it.

Also in the Keeper’s view this week are bike lanes on Central Street, Sheridan Road, Chicago Avenue, Dodge Avenue and the Church Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements project.

COVID by the numbers: 24 new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is 11.

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The Harley Clarke Mansion is ready for Halloween. (Photo courtesy of Artists Book House)

Ghoulish Harley Clarke Mansion a fright for all. Walk over to 2603 Sheridan Road after dark during this Halloween season and you’ll be treated to colorful artwork and installations beaming from the windows and outside the iconic Harley Clarke Mansion. Artists Ken Gerleve and Hannah Batsel have created Halloween-inspired drawings in the windows. Lit from behind at night (dusk till 10 p.m.), they make the house “come to life,” the artists said.

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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...