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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.

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I came across this cool (and nerdy) Chicago SSA comparative map we put together for the LAMP project.  Discovery: Wicker Park-Bucktown SSA is huge.  Enjoy.

Moss reveals the Lakeview Area Master Plan to the Lakeview community and Chicago.  The master plan, in its entirety, is available here.

The Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP) will be revealed tonight, but there is one element that I think deserves special attention.

When research began on the project we were out surveying neighborhood inventory, like bike racks, streetscape environments, facade conditions, and public space.  After investigating we found that Lakeview contains only .2 acres of open space per 1000 residents (The ideal ratio is 2 acres per 1000 people).  This notion was reinforced during the public open houses and interview sessions when residents cried out for more public open space.  So where, in a dense, developed urban neighborhood do we find available land for public space?  We thought, let’s look for space on top of things and under things! Read the rest of this entry »

Six months of data collection, design, and hard work have been completed… the Lakeview Area Master Plan will be released to the public.  We will be presenting the plan Tuesday, March 15, 7p-9p at St. Luke’s Memorial Hall (1500 West Belmont Avenue) .  RSVP here.  Sneak peak renderings inside. Read the rest of this entry »

moss interviewed Lakeview business owners to investigate what they like (or don’t like) about the neighborhood, along with their vision for change.  Agree with their assessment? or Don’t?  Comment below.

Along with these business interviews, we are currently in the process of surveying residents and holding public open houses to gather more information for the upcoming community design process.

Change is coming to West Lakeview.  Stay tuned

Our first LAMP public open house brought in hordes of West Lakeviewians for a fun filled day of activities, community visioning, and croissants.  Here is what you missed.

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We have been selected by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce to prepare a master plan for the Lakeview commercial areas!!  Along with our consultant partners, PLACE, we will lead the sustainability and environmental review portion of the planning process.  We are using this year’s PARK(ing) Day to kick off our efforts.  So if you are a Lakeview-ian and have some thoughts about your ‘hood, come talk to us.  Stay tuned, we’ll have updates-o-plenty.

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