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12:45 PM cst(US)
Although, finding a parking space at 8pm or later is pretty tough on the east end of Mulford.
Chuck MetalitzPerson was signed in when posted
11:55 AM cst(US)
/m34336 certainly Ann is correct. 1000/1100 block of Mulford probably needed parking restrictions back when St. Francis charged for parking and had its main entrance on Ridge. Now, their parking is "free" (= paid for by all their customers) and their Ridge entrance is closed.
11:04 AM cst(US)
Good morning,
No one should be issuing citations to service vehicles. The officer may have overlooked it, I will send out a reminder to all PEO’s. I believe the citation that was issued is number 700783372, this is the only one I could find that was issued yesterday on Hull Terrace on a plumbing vehicle. I will be voiding the citation.
Maricela Walker
Parking Enforcement Supervisor

Also we are notifying the police department of the same protocol. So save your guest passes no need to use them. Shani, if you have another parking citation for the same service vehicle or know the date, let me know.
09:49 AM cst(US)
20 cents a piece.

I do believe some of the restrictive neighborhood parking districts are obsolete these days.
09:34 AM cst(US)
Re:ticket. As we have had lots of work done on our house, I asked EPD if trucks with signage needed a yellow parking pass. Evanston Police Department said yes. Curious to hear which is true. Don't mind giving visitors the yellow tag. You can get quite a few for a couple of dollars at the civic center.
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
07:45 AM cst(US)
 Shani, ridiculous can you get me the ticket, scanned or the information off he ticket?
Shani Beth-Halachmy
11:05 PM cst(US)
I would like to raise a question about service vehicles parked on Hull (at restricted parking zone) and getting ticketed. Ex-Stink, a plumbing company I use for rodding my sewer line, came today to rod the line. They parked their van (with large logo of the company on it) in front of my house. They were at my home for about 1/2 hour and were ticketed. This is the second time this happened in the last two weeks. It seems to me that clearly marked service vehicles, while parking to provide the service, should not be ticketed.
08:23 PM cst(US)
I believe the alley behind my house is wider Than the new traffic lanes on Dodge. I always worry now if emergency services are requested how they will ever get here on time with Dodge in the state that it's in. Removing a few posts will not solve the problem that has been created. More has to be done to get our street back!
Mike Perlman
07:21 PM cst(US)
Jeannie - the "parked" car is disabled; take a look at the right front tire. Possible equipment failure or an accident or ....
A closer look shows damage to the fender also. I lean toward accident.
Edited 09-29-2016 08:15 PM
Karen Johnson
06:15 PM cst(US)
Hello Jeannie, that vehicle on Dodge caught my eye as well on one of my recent trips to the high school. Fortunately, several people have reported it to 311. Hopefully, it will be removed soon.

But I must relay an experience on Dodge last night.

We were driving northbound on Dodge and a police car running with lights but no siren was southbound. With the parked cars to my right, there was literally nowhere for me to pull my car over. The southbound cars (traveling in the same direction as the police car) had the same problem.

So it was a very close call as three vehicles (one police car, one northbound car and one southbound car) tried to share a two-lane street.

Maybe there should be fewer parking spaces so there are more places for cars to pull over for emergency vehicles?
04:46 PM cst(US)

 Talk about a parked car almost blocking the bike lane!
Ann RaineyPerson was signed in when posted
09:34 AM cst(US)
Evanston and Rogers Park were hit with graffiti over the weekend. Neighbors and both communities did a good job cleaning up the mess. The old Burger King got cleaned up thanks to the 49th Ward public works and aldermanic staff.

That Burger King is starting to cost taxpayers a lot of money.
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Ann Rainey
08:44 AM cst(US)
 Errol public works has been over to what we believe is the alley you're referring to and we cannot find any bushes that would be scraping cars. So the bushes must have been cut or we are looking at the wrong alley. If you could be more specific that would be helpful. But I think we were in the right place.
Dana Pearl
06:10 PM cst(US)
Another P.S., the solar panels on the house will be large enough to, hopefully, never need to buy power from ComEd, ever. The house will be 100% electric, so there will be no gas hookup.
Dana Pearl
05:59 PM cst(US)
Mike, I have considered the impact of tearing down two houses to create one large one. However, there are aspects of the new house that can't be achieved with the current one. It will be one level -- no basement. It will be wheelchair accessible, and have an attached garage. It will be *much* more energy efficient. The work needed to fix up the second house was over the top. As far as the certification process, I don't know if they take into consideration turning two houses into one.
Mike Petroshus
05:46 PM cst(US)
  I am glad to hear all about how green the house is going to be. I do have a question and I mean this with all respect. So please don't take this the wrong way. How is taking two dwellings that two different families could live in and turing it into just one dwelling still green? I'm not trying to critize you, God bless that you've work hard to afford this. And I know you're reusing materials and that's great. I just was wondering how making one less home available helps with certification? Again not trying to bring a negative tone, just currious.
Dana Pearl
05:18 PM cst(US)
P.S. about the house: both demo and construction permits have been approved. Other than what I'm not keeping to reuse in the new house, ERW will get all reusable materials, to resell. Much of the inside deconstruction is completed, and the outside work will start next week. If the bricks were constructed with lime, instead of epoxy, they will also go to ERW for resale. As Lou Dickson, the founder of ERW, says, this is a "soup to nuts" eco-friendly process. Hopefully we'll be able to get a lot of publicity for the City with this project.
Dana Pearl
05:15 PM cst(US)
I'm happy to answer questions about the 1422/1426 deconstruction and rebuild. I own the two properties. I've wanted to create an eco-friendly, green-technology home for decades. When I moved into 1426 nearly 15 years ago, I figured that the 1422 house would become available at some point, as the original owner was then 85. After he passed, I bought the house from his sons, and rented it out for 10 years to one family.

I acquired sufficient funds to build my dream house following the passing of my dad in early 2015. I hired Nate Kipnis to create the house, based upon my pencil sketches. Our goal is to achieve at least Gold, and possibly Platinum LEED certification. It will be the first single-family LEED certified house in Evanston.

I want the houses to appear as similar as possible as the surrounding ranch homes, so it doesn't stick out like the metal houses on Main St near Victorian ones. The outside color will be similar to that of the JRC. The difference will be the middle section linking the two sides.

To get an idea of what the house will look like, you can find four images on Nate's business Facebook page, Kipnis architecture + planning.

I love the neighborhood and hope to age in place in the new house, hopefully for many years to come. I look forward to having neighbors over to tour the house and get ideas to "green" their own homes, even if just to replace their kitchen counters or consider recycled content tiles and furnishings.
Diane R. Johnson
12:59 PM cst(US)
Bike safety ought not just be taught to NU students, but to all kids going through our school system. Other than the pre-school Safety Town program, I'm unaware of ANY bike training program in Evanston.
Candace Hill
12:33 PM cst(US)
City Lab from Atlantic is the best follow on the internet, and here is commentary about a recent advert from Britain about just this subject of bicycle safety. Only one thing, if the truck turns in front of you, and does not see you, that's all she wrote.

Bob MorrisonPerson was signed in when posted
12:29 PM cst(US)
I was referring to the live Jazz on Howard.
Robert Morrison
12:28 PM cst(US)

Any idea on when this might be happening?

Inquiring minds…
Kristin Lems
10:14 AM cst(US)
Great idea about bike safety training for NU students - so many students are from other countries with different bike protocols that there could be a cultural disconnect. Also, the construction at NU made/makes bike use confusing.
Candace Hill
10:05 AM cst(US)
Dear Chris,

This is a real problem. I once sat at the Celtic Knot outside and watched a dozen cars use the bike lane as a turning lane. It was shocking to see, but if you think some more about it, better to merge into the bike lane and turn right than to turn right across the bike lane and possibly smash into a bike that doesn't see your turning signal. As a cyclist, I'd much rather see you earlier turning right in front of me that later. As for "parked in the bike lane" there's a Twitter account just for Chicago bike lanes and the police cars that love to park there.
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