Stop the Tower in Evanston
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Evanston is facing a turning point: does the city want to lure in massive developments that will alter the fabric and face of the city forever? Or do citizens want to support their local communities and investment in citizens' lives and well being?
"The Tower," a glassy 37-story building, has been proposed by a private developer, Farpoint. It would be the tallest building (395 feet) in Evanston thus far, would contain 152 rental apartments, 153 hotel rooms, 258 parking stalls, a restaurant space, and a (possible) new home for the Northlight Theatre, (although to move into the building, the theatre would need to raise its own funds or rent from the developer). Developers said they would offer only 15 affordable units in the new building.
This is the block, the 1700 block of Sherman Avenue, that is in the heart of downtown Evanston. Not only would the streetscape be altered dramatically (blocking sun, changing wind patterns) but, given the destruction of the existing alley and buildings, it would close local business (Bookends and Beginnings, Alley Gallery, Saville Flowers, and others). Traffic within the already congested downtown area would also be impacted by this development.
The development requires a two-thirds vote by the City Council to be approved.
Let's start to build a movement from the ground up to stop these private developers from seizing the land, sun, and sky in Evanston. The city residents want good businesses, want the city to thrive and the arts to flourish, and want Evanston to be a good place for everyone. This is not an either-or situation, as supporters of developments such as these often propose: Either we approve it and move into a bright future or we fail to approve it and doom ourselves to failure as a city.
Evanston is home to many people of different backgrounds and classes. We need to support more resources for all -not try only to attract wealthy visitors and residents. We need to take the long term view and we need to start by stopping the tower.
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