Late to the game (it’s been around since 2008), I recently discovered this clever bike rack/public bench/subway vent (photo below) that is a good idea for the proposed plaza rework at the triangle north of the Milwaukee-Kimball-Diversey intersection (see Improving on the [Woodard] plaza proposal).
There’s already an existing CTA vent (image below), so why not put it to some use by putting a bike rack and benches on top? The bike rack would supplement the proposed bike rack on the opposite side of the plaza , and the benches would serve those waiting for the bus. The raised design would additionally prevent storm water from falling into the “el” system and redirect it to the planned filtration component of the plaza proposal.
I also had another thought regarding the seating area. I would like to see some of the stepped benches with a riser or seat back tall enough to provide back support to plaza users. Think about it. Say you’re at a bar and the choice is a backless bar stool or a stool with a back, which do you choose? Most would choose the one with the back for the comfort it offers. In order to invite people to use the plaza, you similarly want to provide comfortable seating.
What else do you think the plaza needs to make it work?
In case you missed it, I also added as a comment an idea I had previously neglected to include about addressing the issue of snow shoveling.
And finally, a regular reader pointed out an error I made about the street direction of Barry Avenue east of Kimball Avenue. I have corrected the maps at the Street vacation requires new street direction post.
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