Peopling Places, as the tag line says, is about glueing places back together, connecting people with place. The current emphasis is on a stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in the Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square that runs from Logan Square proper, north to Diversey Avenue, about a third of a mile.
This area that was once a vibrant commercial corridor is struggling today. But readers need not be familiar with Milwaukee Avenue; they may relate the discussion to another commercial area that they do know. The small changes that can be made to glue the Milwaukee Avenue corridor back together, to connect people with the corridor, and the lessons learned along the way, can apply and be transferred and adapted to other struggling commercial areas.
My name is Lynn Stevens, and I am an urban planner living in the Logan Square neighborhood northwest of downtown Chicago. While I work as a planner in a McHenry County suburb (northwest of Chicago), I wanted to work toward the improvement of my own community and document my observations and efforts on this blog.