Community Groups Intensify Push for New North Branch Park
Mar19

Community Groups Intensify Push for New North Branch Park

Ever since the City of Chicago released the framework for redeveloping the North Branch Industrial Corridor into a new bustling neighborhood of tech firms, trendy restaurants, and glittering high rises, people who actually live in and near the area have worried that an opportunity is being missed.  An opportunity to create new parks for the people who will actually live there. The city’s redevelopment plan was shown at 18...

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You Can Reshape the Clybourn Industrial Corridor Without Getting Off Your Butt
Jun21

You Can Reshape the Clybourn Industrial Corridor Without Getting Off Your Butt

Thousands of people are interested in what’s going to become of PMD1 — The Clybourn industrial corridor on the north side of Chicago that will soon be redeveloped.  Tens of thousands of people will be affected by the decisions made, including people who live nearby, commute through the area, or are drawn to its shops and the Chicago River. The city is currently holding a series of public meetings about the future of PMD1. But...

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Clybourn Corridor Citizens Cry: Toss Bathwater, Save Baby
May04

Clybourn Corridor Citizens Cry: Toss Bathwater, Save Baby

Last night the first public meeting was held to discuss the future of the Clybourn Corridor  — the former industrial zone along the Chicago River that in recent years has been encroached upon by upscale residential development.  It was hosted by Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith at DePaul University. The specific target of the discussion was Planned Manufacturing District 1, the area running a...

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Lakeview Homes of Chicago’s Former Elite to be Landmarked
May03

Lakeview Homes of Chicago’s Former Elite to be Landmarked

A group of unassuming dark brick townhomes in the Park West neighborhood are in line to become the city’s next landmarks. The diminutive delegation from 2700 to 2710 North Lakeview Avenue is designated the Lakeview Avenue Row House District, and includes four actual homes and two ghost homes erected between 1915 and 1917.  They were designed by familiar Chicago name David Adler, and slightly less familiar Chicago name Henry...

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NIMBYs Win in Park West; Kill Residential Tower
Jul27

NIMBYs Win in Park West; Kill Residential Tower

Plans for a 17-story residential tower in the city’s Park West neighborhood have been abandoned after pressure from neighborhood groups. 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith put out a statement to her constituents explaining what happened that killed the Pappageorge Haymes-designed project called 2775 North Hampden Court: After several months of discussion and prolonged negotiations among my office, the Park West Community...

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