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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.
We are reclaiming urban public space for people on PARK(ing) Day, Friday, September 16, 2011 from 9am to 5pm. The designed “PARK(ing) spaces”, metered parking spaces converted into temporary green parks, will be located in front of Southport Grocery, 3552 North Southport Avenue. The ‘park’ will feature a bicycle repair station, live music, and a lawn for dining and enjoying the day.
In 2009 and 2010, moss Design converted parking spaces into temporary public space, which will be expanded this year to highlight the need for bike infrastructure and open space in Lakeview. Earlier this year moss Design unveiled a sustainable master plan, prepared for the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and SSA 27. Part of the plan was a call for more unique and accessible public open space. This year’s PARK(ing) Day theme is a “Bicycle Comfort Station” featuring free food, live music, bike parking and repair, and relaxation areas. Think of it as the mini-mart of the future.
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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