CDOT has designed a prototype parklet, which it will make available to the public. It’s intended to restart the City’s bumpy foray into more pedestrian friendly street use by shaving k – k off design permitting costs. The City will designate retail “Thrive” zones for the parklets.
Michael Lewyn reviews – or conveys his take-away – Daniel Kay Hertz’s book The Battle for Lincoln Park. The book chronicles the neighborhood gentrifiers suppression of density in the neighborhood. Lewyn pegs that suppression as the primary cause of displacement of the prior working families.
David Childs of Skidmore Owings & Merrill designed a tw0-tower project on behalf of Related West for the Spire site. Representing the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago’s 42nd ward, Alderman Brendan rejected the design at 400 North Lake Shore Drive because of the height and bulk of the podium, a hotel use, and traffic concerns related to the location of the primary entrance. See the article in Arhcitects Newspaper for the full story.
As Hoffman Estates officials monitor the tenuous future of its largest employer, Sears Holdings, a New Jersey developer said it’s still moving forward on a massive mixed-use project 5 miles east of the troubled retailer’s headquarters in the northwest suburb.