Bike/Walk Logan Square invites you to add your voice and critical eye to evaluating the Logan Square station. Join us May 28 or June 1.
What Makes Your Place Great? Your Secret Corner of Chicagoland contest
The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), this year in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), is once again entertaining entries in its What Makes Your Place Great? contest underway to uncover the undiscovered public places in Chicago.
What public space do you go back to again and again, and why? It could be your favorite secret garden, nestled in an empty lot in your neighborhood, or a beautiful courtyard invisible from the street. Maybe it’s a quiet reading nook at a local library, or a peaceful plaza that tends to be overlooked….
This year’s PARK(ing) Day on September 18 prompted New York Times’ By Design blogger Allison Arieff to write a piece on “Pavement to Parks,” which further prompted me to write this piece in the context of Open space and Milwaukee Avenue.
(The) program creates spaces for people by reclaiming excess roadway, through the use of simple and low-cost design interventions. What’s innovative about these parks isn’t so much the design as the implementation. As Andres Power, urban designer at the San Francisco Planning Department explains, because there is no structure in place to do something like this “it fundamentally changes the old impasse of years of planning and just lets the space evolve over time.”
That last part about letting the space evolve over time got me thinking about the idea of permanently closing down Milwaukee Avenue between east- and westbound Logan Boulevard and Woodard Street Read the rest of this entry »
Last weekend’s Plant Peace, Harvest Justice! event at Paseo Prairie Garden was a great event at one of the Great places in Logan Square on a beautiful sunshiney day. It was just the first of three Live Arts Events* leading up to the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival.
The day began with participants starting a collaborative painting (photo left) while talking about what brought them to the event and their own commitment to peace.
There were lots of activities to keep things going throughout the day like recorded and live music, artists and budding artists painting their individual masterpieces, which will be on display later this summer at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. Neighbors were stopping in to see what was going on all day long.
One of the highlights for me was a song about the Paseo Read the rest of this entry »