Identity?

April 29, 2010

Fifteen months ago in Milwaukee Avenue/Logan Square identity, I polled readers on whether or not Milwaukee Avenue has an identity?  As I write this (I have never closed the poll), 58% of those responding say it does.

I was reminded of the issue from a post at Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space, and I’m still wondering what that identity is for the blocks between Logan Boulevard and Diversey Avenue, or what you identify with it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Milwaukee Avenue/Logan Square identity

December 3, 2008


Street/neighborhood character

Earlier this year I volunteered with a Neighbors Project (see blogroll in right column) project in Lakeview and asked a dozen or so people milling around Lakeview some questions designed to get a feel for what they identified with the neighborhood.

What do you identify with Milwaukee Avenue? [Update: Reader/ commenter/blogger The Urbanophile rightly illuminates that I should be more specific, so let’s say Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square, or if you dare to drill down even more, the 2600 and 2700 blocks — just let us know in the comments section what level of specificity you’re talking about.] Or — more generally — what do you identify with Logan Square? Here are some questions to consider (if you live outside of Chicago, consider the questions for your own neighborhood):

  • What’s the most memorable thing you’ve seen or done on Milwaukee Avenue? in Logan Square?
  • What one word best sums up Milwaukee Avenue? Logan Square? why?
  • What makes Milwaukee Avenue different than other streets in Logan Square?
  • What makes Logan Square different than other Chicago neighborhoods?
  • What landmark or street most captures Logan Square? why? Read the rest of this entry »