Thursday, February 15, 2007

EVA's annual leadership crisis

Laura Putre writes in Chicago Journal about the imminent demise of the East Village Association. By now this story is as seasonal as asparagus recipes in the food section. But this spring's death of EVA may not be greatly exaggerated. The current president has failed the volunteer leader's first job, scoping out a successor.

EVA navigated the contentious landmarking debate by avoiding the issue, and as preservation activists drifted away no one took their place in the leadership. I offered less controversial help to attract a new branch library, but was rebuffed. Meetings had scant agendas, and even the restaurant outings popular with new members are discontinued. What's left?

The only place to read Putre's assessment is on the Web: The print edition mistakenly replated sister publication Austin Voice on the jump page.

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