Explaining Chicago’s New Active/Shared Streets
Jul22

Explaining Chicago’s New Active/Shared Streets

A couple of weeks ago we noted that the Chicago Department of Transportation was transforming the busy Argyle corridor in Uptown into an “active street.”  It’s one of a number of unusual steps being taken by CDOT as it strives to lead the nation in 21st-century thinking about mobility. CDOT, along with most major organizations of its kind, has noticed that the key word in its name is “Transportation.”...

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Argyle Street Transformation *Not Quite* Started
Jul07

Argyle Street Transformation *Not Quite* Started

Monday, in this very space, we let you know the final phase of the Argyle Street transformation was officially underway. This morning, anticipating loud machinery tearing holes in pavement, I set out to watch things get done. Welp… Turns out, I’m a little early. After trekking on foot all the way over to the construction area (Editor’s Note: You had to walk one block, Dan) I found that, in fact, it is not a...

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Transformation of Argyle Street Begins Today
Jul06

Transformation of Argyle Street Begins Today

With all of the construction happening on Argyle Street around the CTA Red Line Station in the Uptown neighborhood, you might think that something big is coming.  You’d be right. Today is the official start of the transformation of the over-used, under-cared-for urban corridor into a hub of the neighborhood.  Everything you saw up until now was just preparations for the big event. As The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel...

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Argyle Starts its Transformation Into a Shared Street
Jan20

Argyle Starts its Transformation Into a Shared Street

  When does a community meeting not feel like a community meeting? When the decisions are already made. That was the case last Thursday at Furama Restaurant in Uptown, where 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman held two meetings to explain the work schedule for the transformation of Argyle Street. As this project is already in the bid process, Thursday’s meeting was informational only; the point/counterpoint meetings were held long...

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