MPC continues to move forward with its Placemaking Chicago project by tapping community groups, neighborhood residents, and local governments as resources to make the Polish Triangle a great public space.
MPC continues to move forward with its Placemaking Chicago initiative with its first Placemaking technical assistance project. For this project, MPC is partnering with WPB, the Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area, to improve the Polish Triangle at the intersection ofMilwaukee Avenue, Division Street and Ashland Avenue. A committee of local stakeholders, including the aldermen of the 1st, 27th, and 32nd wards, the retail community, City of Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority, and nearby institutions will gather input from the community about the changes they would like to see at the Triangle. This input will be used to create a long and short-term vision and management plan for the plaza that represents the community. WPB and MPC will also implement short-term changes over the next year that will begin to transform the area into a great public place in which the community feels invested.
MPC will lead a total of two technical assistance projects in 2009, the second of which will be determined shortly. MPC also will be conducting workshops with local government agencies to stress the importance of community input in planning and development projects. These workshops will share information with the agencies about the importance of place and ways in which they can involve the community in their planning processes. Bottom-up planning benefits both residents and planners by developing a discourse between these two groups and creating a sense of ownership of a place by the residents.
These latest actions build on the guidebook created by the partnership between MPC and New York’s Project for Public Spaces, A Guide to Neighborhood Placemaking in Chicago, and the launch of the Placemaking Chicago website, www.placemakingchicago.com.
For additional information, please contact Karin Sommer at (312) 863-6044 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit www.placemakingchicago.com for Placemaking resources and inspiring stories about people making a difference in their community.