Anticipating City Made festival this weekend, when Andersenville will turn Clark between Argyle and into an open air market and street party for two days has us wishing that some of our city’s streets could always be a little more integrated. Anyone who’s ever attended a block party or recalls a childhood game of kickball knows the illicit thrill of being standing around in the middle of car territory.
Chicago’s Brings Shared Streets to Uptown
Much to our delight, the lines between “car space” and “people space” are going to be permanently blurred in Uptown soon, as plans go forward to turn Argyle (between Broadway and Sheridan) into a Shared Street. Implementing the design will begin next spring. Curbs will be removed, the area re-paved in brick and people will be encouraged to walk, stand and sit in the former car zone of the street. Why is this a good idea? Why would the city be shelling out $3 million to take away all the those nice safe distinctions?