Plaza concept for Logan Square “el” station

September 18, 2011

August 25 Plaza Concept
for Logan Square “el” Station

The other concept the BikeWalk Logan Square committee is exploring for the Logan Square “el” station “plaza” (see also Park concept for Logan Square “el” station and Let’s put the Logan Square “el” station “plaza” out of its misery) is a much enhanced plaza.

As previously stated, beyond the mechanics of the train and bus transportation, our group wants to include and move beyond the multi-modal transportation aspect of the hub to create an aesthetically inviting destination. Read the rest of this entry »

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Additional multi-modal access ideas at the Logan Square transportation hub

September 8, 2011

BikeWalk Logan Square committee presentation

On Thursday, August 25, the BikeWalk Logan Square committee, of which I’m a part, presented its ideas for improving the main Logan Square “el” station and enhancing how the station accommodates pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders.  This post explains some similar and some different ideas as those discussed at Improving multi-modal access and experience at the Logan Square transportation hub.

Pedestrian access and experience

Starting with the bottom of the concept image below (click on image to enlarge; north is to the right), this scenario also envisions a planted median on Kedzie Avenue and new mid-block crosswalks that connect the east sidewalk on Kedzie Avenue with the transportation hub.

August 25 Plaza Concept
for Logan Square “el” Station and Access

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Park concept for Logan Square “el” station

September 1, 2011

August 25 Park Concept
for Logan Square “el” Station

One of the concepts the BikeWalk Logan Square group is exploring for the Logan Square “el” station “plaza” (see also Let’s put the Logan Square “el” station “plaza” out of its misery) is a park-like destination.

As previously stated, beyond the mechanics of the train and bus transportation, this transportation hub has long been a sorry expanse of uninviting concrete.  Our group wants to include and move beyond the multi-modal transportation aspect of the hub (for more on the idea, see Project for Public Spaces, From Place to Place:  Shifting the Transportation Paradigm with Placemaking). Read the rest of this entry »


Improving multi-modal access and experience at the Logan Square transportation hub

August 29, 2011

BikeWalk Logan Square committee presentation

Last Thursday, August 25, the BikeWalk Logan Square committee, of which I’m a part, presented its ideas for improving the main Logan Square “el” station and enhancing how the station accommodates pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders.

There is much to improve (see aerial photo below).  While there have been some aesthetic improvements in just the past few weeks, we envision many more improvements to address the variety of problems and opportunities that we have recognized.

Aerial View of Concrete “Plaza” at the
Logan Square “el” Station
(north is to the right)

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Public meeting August 25 re: Logan Square “el” station “plaza”/surroundings

August 4, 2011

It’s all been in preparation for this:

There will be a public meeting to discuss plans to improve the Logan Square “el” station plaza and surroundings on Thursday, August 25, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Sylvester’s gymnasium, 2157 N. Humboldt Boulevard.

Concrete “Plaza” at the Logan Square “el” Station

I’ve been part of a group, BikeWalk Logan Square [update: f.k.a. Bike/Walk 35], that has been discussing biking and walking issues in the neighborhood, and there are many.  Because there are so many, we decided to hone in on a specific project:  improving the multi-modal Logan Square transportation station and access to it.

We’ve come up with some ideas, but they are absolutely not set in stone.  We want the community’s input and ideas.  Even execution of some of our ideas are flexible by design, so that all may have the Read the rest of this entry »


Logan Square in Vogue

August 3, 2011

Literally!

In its “Destination of the Month: Chicago” article, Vogue.com singles out Logan Square as “Another Happening ‘Hood.”

Highlighted are Longman & Eagle, newcomer Telegraph, perennial favorite Lula Café and, a little bit down the avenue, The Whistler.

The nation is taking notice.

(HT @johna_picco.)


Now open: Hairpin Lofts & Logan Square Arts Center

July 28, 2011

Hairpin Lofts & Logan Square Arts Center
on Milwaukee Ave.

It’s been over 20 years since the public has stepped foot above the first floor of the Hairpin Lofts and Logan Square Arts Center (photo left, “before”) — until today!

The reconfigured and newly renovated and restored building at the northwest corner of Diversey and Milwaukee Avenues (photo above, “after”) is certified for occupancy and open for business.

You can read a bit more about the building’s journey at History of the Morris B. Sachs building (Part I) and (Part II), Celebrating Hairpin Lofts! and Desirable defacement.

On the top four floors of the building, tenants will now reside in new apartments (photo left) where office workers once toiled.  And enjoy a bird’s eye view of the neighborhood (photo below left looks north up Kimball Avenue).

On the second floor of the building will be the Logan Square Arts Center, a performance and multi-use space managed by the Logan Square Chamber of Arts.

You can dive right in and see for yourself the new Logan Square Arts Center during the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival this weekend (see below).


Scene in Logan Square:

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival takes place this weekend, July 29-31, from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on Milwaukee Avenue between Rockwell and Wolfram Streets.

You might start off your festival experience with the 50 & Fabulous performance at the Logan Square Arts Center Friday night at 8:00 p.m.  You could take some time on Saturday to channel your own artistic side starting at 2:30 p.m. with the All Ages Make & Take Art Workshops, fuel your artsy adventure at neighborhood restaurants or the curated Food and drink at the festival, or test your artistic expression at 7:30 p.m. with Foreign language karaoke.  You may challenge your perspective on Sunday at the Undomesticated gallery, see how the festival has unfolded at the See, Hear, Now gallery, and pick up a souvenir of the festival at the Indoor Art Market.  There’s much more to see and do.  Map your own route or let the art unfold in your own exploration.