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Northwestern Students Can Continue Living in Brothels

There's been quite a bit of hubbub this week over reports that the city of Evanston would ramp up its enforcement of the "Brothel Law," an ordinance banning three or more unrelated people from living together. But fear not, Northwesterners: The Evanston police won't start throwing students on the street -- unless they catch a whiff of "a life safety threat so egregious that the resident(s) must be relocated for their own well being." According to an AP report, city and school officials were heckled by students as they tried to explain the ordinance at a town hall meeting on Tuesday. Then yesterday, the city issued a statement announcing that they wouldn't enforce the law any more than usual. The Brothel Law isn't the only law designed to curtail rowdy behavior in Evanston; there's also a noise ordinance that prohibits "yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing on the public streets of the City, particularly between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m." No spitting on the sidewalk. And although it's widely rumored that skipping and bowling alleys are forbidden in Evanston, both are probably myths.
· Evanston denies crackdown on crowded apartments [AP]
· Evanston Continues to Address Rental Standards & Requirements [City of Evanston]