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Ravinia Neighbors Association Blog

Welcome to RNA’s Blog Page which features articles from Ravinia writers. Although articles are chosen in accordance with topics we feel are relevant to Ravinia and of possible interest to our readers, RNA does not necessarily endorse the opinions put forth in the blog posts. If you would like to comment on any articles put forth in the blogs, please use the comment box that follows each post.

The Face of Preservation

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

By Jeff Stern

For some "painted ladies" and other historic structures, Highland Park's hero is Elliott Miller, of Ravinia, whose passion is to rescue architectural treasures from being crushed by the wrecker's ball.

Armed with photographs and documentation relating to the architects and builders of particularly significant houses, Miller has made it his mission to speak up for them at hearings of the Historic Preservation Commission or meetings of the Highland Park City Council, where property owners or developers may seek permission for demolition.  Read More

Time For a New Fire Truck

Friday, September 30, 2011

Story and photo by Jeff Stern

Fire protection for the Ravinia area got a boost in the summer of 2011 as Highland Park's Station 32 took delivery of the Fire Department's newest apparatus. The 1,500-gallon-per-minute pumper replaced a 1989 model that had reached 20 years of service, which the department considers the limit for the most efficient use and maintenance of its front-line fire apparatus. Read More

Train station kiosk keeps Ravinia community posted

Monday, May 31, 2010

Story and photo by Jeff Stern

Among the first landmarks visitors and residents see when they set foot in Ravinia are the 120-year-old train station and Jens Jensen Park, across from each other along St. Johns Avenue. Both have been painstakingly restored in recent years through the combined efforts of several community groups. Read More