May 17th Community Conversation on Zoning -Purpose- Process-Impact

Central Street Neighbors Association is hosting a community conversation on the purpose, process and impact of zoning and our community. The Good, The Bad, and the Need to Know.  

In addition to the zoning discussion, material on Northwestern University's ordinance change requests in the U2 district at 1500 Central Street is expected to be available.


Mandatory Reading for City Officials before Voting on Ryan Field-City Code, Comprehensive Plan and Central Street Master Plan.

Contrary to how it sometimes seems that our city operates, we do have a zoning code, a comprehensive plan and the Central Street Master plan, all which are Evanston's guiding documents to run the city. These documents are more than suggestions, they provide guardrails. Today the Evanston Rountable posted an article on elected officials' opinions on 1) zoning variances for building the stadium to become a 10 story facility and 2) changing the zoning uses in the U2  District (University District).


League of Women Voters District 65 Candidates Forum

The League of Women Voters of Evanston will conduct a forum for candidates running for the District 65 School Board in the upcoming April 4 Consolidated Election on Saturday, March 18 at the Morton Civic Center in the Council Chambers. The school board candidate forum will start at 1:00 p.m. Aforum for 9th ward city council  candidates will follow.

Sunday, March 19th is the last day for online registration. Early voting begins Monday, March 20th.

NU-Ryan Field Expansion Forum Sunday Feb 19th 3-5 Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center


The Community Alliance for Better Government, in conjunction with Most Livable City Association, Central Street Neighbors, and Northwestern University Graduate Workers is hosting a public town hall at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 19th at Fleetwood Jourdain to discuss public concerns about the proposed Ryan Field expansion project.  The town hall is open to the public, and will also be viewable on Zoom at


David Ellis former co-chair of the Fair Share Action committee of Evanston, who will discuss Payments in Lieu of Taxes( PILOT) and how Northwestern could be making a meaningful investment in its host city.

Kevin Brown of the Community Alliance for Better Government who will explain Northwestern’s history of tokenism and unkept promises to the Evanston Black community, and better options for investing in the Black community long term.

David DeCarlo Co-founder of Most Livable City Association, who will speak on concerns with zoning, diminished livability for residents, and the need for PILOT.

Emilie Lozier from the Northwestern University Graduate Workers who will address labor issues and strategies for ensuring that contractors facilitate union hiring, as well as local and minority hiring.

The town hall is open to the public, and will also be viewable on Zoom at

Residents may submit their questions in advance by contacting


All Evanston Should Respect Stadium Neighbors’ Objections

The Central Street Master Plan and its implementing ordinance were designed to keep the neighborhood welcoming, walkable, and liveable. The American Planning Association honored this in naming Central Street one of the “Great Places in America,” that combines “an edgy urban vibe with a small-town pace and sensibility.” Such an asset generates value for all of Evanston. The Central Street Neighbors Association (CSNA) has worked for years to preserve the viability and human scale of the area, to amplify the neighborhood’s character and strengths, and to promote liveability and sustainability.


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