Last week, we revealed the initial designs for new public open space at 3400 North Paulina Street (formerly a tire repair shop, and now a vacant lot). First mentioned in the Lakeview Area Master Plan, public open space at this site would attract shoppers from outside the neighborhood to the street and provide a gathering spot for local residents and shoppers. During our research for the master plan, Lakeview residents ranked the need for more public open space as their top priority for the neighborhood. It outranked safety, parking, shopping options, and every other category by a wide margin. Open space at this location responds to that desire while creating a new public plaza and park at the Paulina Brown Line station. Furthermore, open space at this site will surely help to make the rest of Lincoln Avenue more desirable to retailers and residential developers. (There are 5 other vacant lots within 1 block of the Paulina station and many underdeveloped properties.) It should also be obvious the inhospitable nature of residential units directly adjacent to an El platform. Doors closing, Southport will be next, doors open on the right at Southport. Oh, sorry, excuse the interruption.
Best of all, this is a project you can help make happen! Take this one question survey to support the plan for open space at 3400 Paulina.