January 16, 2012

Integrating the Landscape

Adapting to the Environment
with Master Plans
It may have start in Lake View 1971
Leed Buildings
In 2008, the city has had the largest number of green rooftops in the country. Chicago has appeared on many 'top green cities' lists.  For example,  EarthLab Foundation named Chicago as the greenest city in the country. In Popular Science’s February 8, 2008 issue, Chicago ranked #9 out of fifty greenest U.S. cities.
In order to receive this distinction both private and public entities must earn the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certificate. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings and water efficiency. 
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
The GreenBuild Conference in Chicago - 2010
LEED Lake View Buildings:
The Center on Halsted
The Jewel on Southport
Police District 19th Headquarters
Lake View 'green' movement is trying to take Chicago's lead in the creation of new construction into 'green' planned developments. Three buildings in Lake View have earned LEED certificates. 
2011  Uncommon Ground on Devon Avenue was voted by the Green Restaurant Association as the greenest restaurant in Chicago. In 2009 the owners of Uncommon Ground created the first organic rooftop garden in most of their establishments in U.S. Uncommon passed 116 environmental steps earning it a four-star rating, 365 green points and taking the No. 1 spot in seven categories.
But WAIT ... the Uncommon Ground on Clark within LakeView won the second spot with their own rooftop garden.  It is has this 'farm-to-table' tradition with a lot of the produce served being grown directly above the diners, on the roof.  Very Cool!
Lake View has a plan to promote greener and a more friendlier atmosphere for citizens and businesses alike - LAMP. LakeView's Master Plan and its promoters 'green-ways' and 'people spots' along commercial streets.
Northwestern Medical Building
photo above - their blog
photo below - MP Med Properties
image - Chicago Lawyer
The 'Lake View Area Master Plan' is series of relatively small-scale fixes that planners hope will add up to creating a more attractive neighborhood. What's unusual is the plan doesn't come from City Hall planners, but from the Lake View Chamber of Commerce  which administers the neighborhood's Special Service Area 27, a locally-managed business improvement district funded by property taxes levied within the area.' - a WBEZ article 
With this link is a YouTube view of the Master Plan.
Lake View East Chamber of Commerce have the own master plan as 'Special Service Area 8' and SSA #17.
The 44th ward that borders most of Lake View has its own master plan as of 2006. 
The North Clark Street Strategic Plan: 
This a 2013 comprehensive effort to develop strategies and implementation tools necessary to promote, attract and retain new and existing businesses along the North Clark Street Corridor.
 brainstorming problem spots - Lake View Patch photo
 brainstorming problem spots - Lake View Patch photo
brainstorming problem spots - Lake View Patch photo
 brainstorming problem spots - Lake View Patch photo
brainstorming problem spots - Lake View Patch photo
brainstorming problem spots - Lake View Patch photo
 brainstorming problem spots - Lake View Patch photo
brainstorming problem spots - Lake View Patch photo
The Clark Street Strip 2012
Highlights of problems spots
 problem spots - LakeView Patch
problem spots - LakeView Patch
problem spots - LakeView Patch
planning visual ideas - Lake View Patch photo
The first public community meeting was held at Century Mall (undergoing their own re-development) to discuss what is needed to revitalize the street and make it "less ugly". There is three stages in this plan. 
A 'People Spot' on Southport
People Spots are temporary platforms adjacent to sidewalks, typically within existing parking lanes. By expanding the sidewalks, they create seasonal space for outdoor seating and dining. As a place-making tool, they also contribute to an increase of pedestrian volumes and help promote economic development in retail corridors according to the City of Chicago 'Make Way for People' program. View and read this article from StreetsBlog Chicago.
 2013 photo - Lake View Patch
 2013 photo - Lake View Patch
 2013 photo - Lake View Patch
2013 photo - Lake View Patch
 2013 photo - Lake View Patch
2013 photo - Lake View Patch
Creating an Organic Garden
 within the gates of Blaine School along Southport
the space within the gates
the design renditions
 
the space within the gates
 prepping and planting
all photos - Lake View Patch
Dotting the Landscape
According to Southport Corridor News & Events a neighborhood organization - South Lake View Neighbors, voted against a street/sidewalk design installation that apparently had more negatives during its less than one year existence in this very traffic dense location. 
an iconic photo - DNAinfo
This urban design began in April 2015 that apparently 
looked good on paper and theory according to Next City:inspiring better cities. The aim of such projects is to "calm" traffic, slowing vehicles and making conditions safer for cyclists and people on foot. It also aims to boost business by creating more inviting outdoor spaces according to an article from the Chicago Tribune. The project, according to Vitaliy V Vladimirov, "was voted on & paid for by 
Lincoln Avenue businesses. Maybe its not perfect, but it improves the intersection & highlights the nice shops along the otherwise a bland stretch of Lincoln". Moss Design, an architectural company located in Lake View had an opinion on the controversial integration to the landscape.
photo - Southport Corridor News & Events
The issues for the local community were  backed-up traffic in the intersection, increase pedestrian safety, ambulance & emergency vehicle access on Wellington Avenue, traffic pattern delays, increasing length of traffic light on Southport Avenue, and remove the snow during the Winter months.
This installation was sponsored by the Lake View Chamber of Commerce, one of many chambers in the neighborhood - Special Service Area 27, a Chicago funding agency.
If you type #LincolnHub you can follow this story from the beginning that was reported by an online blog called Southport Corridor News & Events. 
Re-thinking the Intersection 2016
a Google view from Streetsblog Chicago
photo - StreetsBlog Chicago
photo - StreetsBlog Chicago
Areas along the Brownline for plazas

More Developments to Follow...

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Special Service Area Maps
Lake View East
Go Solar Lake View!
the Wellington Avenue Church of Christ roof
photo - 44th ward 
photo - Lake View High School
'If Chicago had solar panels on all 328,000 roofs, we could produce an astounding 4400 megawatts of electricity. To put that in perspective, that would provide electricity to 3.3 million homes and cut 4.2 million metric tons in carbon dioxide emissions per year, the equivalent of 881,000 cars on the road.' - per this article link above.

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