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what do you guys think about this:


http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/04/19/4445d01448b4e
Evanston would be better off as part of Chicago
By Greg Hafkin

April 19, 2006

More than a century ago, Evanston residents went to the polls, voting on a referendum on whether Chicago should annex our city. Obviously this proposal was soundly rejected, and the cities have since gone their own ways. It’s time we took another look at joining our neighbor to the south.

Without dwelling too much on the practicality, popularity or legality of annexation, I think it would be a win-win situation for almost everybody involved. In fact, the only people who would lose from this plan are the ones who are better off losing.

Back in 1894, the vote against annexation was 2,055 to 642. It’s amazing that less than 50 years after Evanston was founded, there were so many residents who felt so attached to the town. Today, annexation wouldn’t even get on the ballot.

And that’s a shame, because there are so many benefits to it. Let’s start with Northwestern. It’s no secret Evanston hates us because we don’t pay property taxes. If we became part of a much larger city, this issue would become a moot point.

Along with the improved town-gown relationship, there would be no more need for the Evanston City Council. Simply put, Evanston would become Chicago’s 51st Ward and the nine aldermen would be replaced by one person who would represent us down in the Loop. The other eight members could get on with their lives (due to the collapsing nature of the Evanston Civic Center, annexation could actually save their lives). Think of all the free time they’ll have now that they won’t have to worry about agendas, condos and the bourgeois louts who speak up when it’s time for citizen comment.

It’s really easy to drive to 2100 Ridge Ave. and drone on and on about trees or underage drinking. But will those gadflies make the same effort to head down to Chicago City Hall? Some will, but the casual nuisances will likely stay home. Who wants to worry about parking or taking the El late at night?

With the residents out of the way, government will become more efficient. It might take less than two years to approve a retirement home, for instance. And if aldermen are indecisive, Richard Daley could step in and sort things out. The ineffective Lorraine Morton would be replaced by America’s most visionary mayor.

The local school boards, one of which is mired in controversy, would give way to Chicago Public Schools. Maybe they’ll install metal detectors to keep the janitors from bringing guns to school. See what I mean? Everyone wins with annexation. Even the kids.

Perhaps even the CTA will finally respect us once we’re part of Chicago. Wouldn’t it be nice to have mid-day and weekend Purple Line Express trains? With more service to downtown Chicago, more students will take the El, and the university might finally get us the U-Pass unlimited ride card. Wouldn’t it be nice to ride to Mag Mile for free?

Chicago seems to have so much ingenuity. Some man created the Web site chicagocrime.org, where you can look at a map of your neighborhood and see where all the crimes occurred. They’re also thinking of installing a citywide wi-fi network. I haven’t heard of anything similar in Evanston.

And it’s not like we would lose any of our identity. Los Angeles once annexed Hollywood, but everyone still knows Hollywood. We can be just like Hollywood, sans the prostitutes. Who would say no to that?

City Editor Greg Hafkin is a Medill junior. He can be reached at [email protected].
 

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It's too bad that the writer didn't actually offer any compelling arguments.

The only thing that he kind of touches on with any relevancy was government efficiency... but I think, unless he can prove substantively otherwise, the whole reason why Evanston opposses annexation is because they believe their governance will become much *less* efficient post-annexation.
 

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simulcra said:
It's too bad that the writer didn't actually offer any compelling arguments.

The only thing that he kind of touches on with any relevancy was government efficiency... but I think, unless he can prove substantively otherwise, the whole reason why Evanston opposses annexation is because they believe their governance will become much *less* efficient post-annexation.
He's a college student. What do you expect?

And yes, you're right. There's not too many compelling arguments here. In fact, Evanston could be subject to even more bureaucracy than it already has if it became part of the city of Chicago.

Personally, I think Evanston feels a part of Chicago, but there's no way it will be annexed.

How much would Chicago's population go up if Evanston were annexed? That's a positive.
 

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But seriously, an 8th grade student living in Evanston could come up with better arguments than the ones offered by this guy.
 

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lets face it , it will never happen, evanston/northshore snobbery would never allow it at least in my lifetime, though I wouldn't mind it......

.....then again where would I go in two years to have a pints of guiness and a cigar w/out being fined or thrown out on the street.


.....what a reversal in Chi you can't drink and smoke, in evanston you can


oh evanston pop is about 75K so from 2000....chi 2896000 + 75000 == 2971000
 

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Chicago should just annex the rest of Cook County and be done with it.
 

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When the school was founded in the 1850's it was exempt from paying property taxes forever, thus the bad relationship between the school and Evanston government.
 

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Bad idea- We have our city center, and I actually think that Evanston would be better off as a small city.
 

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Latoso said:
Chicago should just annex the rest of Cook County and be done with it.
No annexing ghetto near western and southern suburbs! Why would Chicago want those?

By the way, if Chicago annexed the rest of Cook County, Barrington would become part of Chicago. That would be weird.
 

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You think that's weird? What about adding Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Rosemont, and the dreaded Schaumburg!
 

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Azn_chi_boi said:
And be US's 2nd city again?

Could we also annex Oak Park and Cicero, if we annex Evanston?
LOL! Time for Chicago once again to divine and conquer! :)
 

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Chi-town Kid said:
No annexing ghetto near western and southern suburbs! Why would Chicago want those?

By the way, if Chicago annexed the rest of Cook County, Barrington would become part of Chicago. That would be weird.
first off, why not the ghetto suburbs? Sure we can annex the rich suburb of Evanston (for what reason i dont know), but not melrose park? Juh? just because its not as pretty?

Secondly, Oak Park is way better than evanston. .
 

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northsider1983 said:
Secondly, Oak Park is way better than evanston. .
sure it is. having a beautiful lakefront, a booming downtown, a North Shore location, a major university with a gorgeous campus could never measure up to a a bunch of Frank Lloyd Wright homes and joining all those trucks as they crawl down Harlem Avenue!
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northsider1983 said:
first off, why not the ghetto suburbs? Sure we can annex the rich suburb of Evanston (for what reason i dont know), but not melrose park? Juh? just because its not as pretty?

Secondly, Oak Park is way better than evanston. .
Ey... I live in Maywood...

So calm down...
 
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