I attended the Public meeting March 8 regarding another public plaza proposal, this one at the triangle north of the Milwaukee-Kimball-Diversey intersection. The meeting was reasonably well-attended, mostly by neighbors in the immediate vicinity, including representatives from the Crown Tap Room and the Hairpin Lofts and Logan Square Community Arts Center, two businesses that will be greatly impacted by whatever happens here.
With essentially the input of those two stakeholders and under the division of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) tasked with this project–the Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program–CDOT set forth the use case for the community:
Design goals and process
- Create an active, urban public space.
- Create a destination, frequented by all ages and lifestyles.
- Integrate environmental initiatives by infiltrating storm water that falls on site.
- Create a space for possible sustainable street innovations such as bike parking or WIFI.
- Create places for art integration.
- Coordinate improvements with the Hairpin Loft Building and Logan Square Community Arts Center. Read the rest of this entry »