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We are excited to announce that our parklet project is a candidate for Ford’s Community Grant. Designed in collaboration with Studio Murmur, the parklet will provide a green oasis complete with seating, planters and an herb garden in the heart of Andersonville. Vote for our parklet this Saturday and Sunday at Chicago’s Green Festival on Navy Pier, which will have free yoga, and homebrew classes, among other sweet-looking activities. With this additional funding, we could fuel seasonal plantings, park seating and the seedlings of future parklets. Check out our official renderings above and below this post. Hope to see you there!
Three years ago, we held Chicago’s first PARK(ing) Day in Lakeview, where we transformed a few parking spaces into a fun, public green space for a summer day. Now, we, along with eco-Andersonville and the Andersonville Development Corporation, are excited to announce a semi-permanent iteration of PARK(ing) Day: a parklet in Andersonville at Clark and Farragut. Parklets, which are popping up all over the world (SF tour, here), are mini urban retreats, complete with plant life and seating areas. They provide more green space in the thick of cities, which often lack communal places to sit and watch the world go by. Watch the video, learn more about the project, and support our kickstarter here. We’re gathering funds for seasonal plantings, park seating and future parklets, three of which are in the works in the coming years.
Today marks the one year anniversary of the Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP) reveal. During the research phase of LAMP, the number one feature Lakeview residents expressed need for was more public space. One of our suggestions was to create the LowLine, sprucing up the currently dingy path below the Chicago Brown Line’s tracks with native plants and solar lamps to connect and beautify the neighborhood. More inside.
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.
Moss reveals the Lakeview Area Master Plan to the Lakeview community and Chicago. The master plan, in its entirety, is available here.