Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

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80 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Located in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, Argyle Shared Street is a shared-use, pedestrian-prioritizing streetscape that encourages a sense of community for the Uptown's diverse residents, businesses, and institutions. The unique street design celebrates green infrastructure, place making, accessibility, and economic development. Historically, Uptown was a booming hub for entertainment in Chicago. After the Great Depression, many famous entertainment venues were shuttered, and poverty and blight took over. As one of a few affordable neighborhoods in Chicago, it began to attract immigrants from around the world. However, over the last several decades, Uptown has become known for its Asian influence and large collective of Vietnamese shops and restaurants. Beginning in 2013, alongside community-wide initiatives to reinvigorate Uptown while keeping it affordable, the City of Chicago initiated the replacement of Argyle Street for a three-block area between Above: Not much of the street is off-limits to pedestrians and bicyclists, who are encouraged by the design to share the space with vehicles even in areas that are traditionally reserved for cars. Only the street parking sections are primarily designated for vehicles. PHOTO CREDIT: SITE DESIGN GROUP, LTD. Top, Right: The fluid integration of pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit commuters, and vehicles allows Argyle to function both as a people-focused community space and as a working street. Signage alerts drivers to the change in the street layout and the speed limit, giving them time to adjust their driving to focus on sharing the space with pedestrians and bikes that may be in the road ahead. PHOTO: SCOTT SHIGLEY Bottom, Right: Previously, Argyle Street ascribed to the traditional "transportation pyramid," prioritizing vehicles rather than pedestrians or bicyclists with inaccessible streets and small public areas. The formerly narrow sidewalks would not have allowed for the scope of community events that now take place on the street. PHOTO CREDIT: SITE DESIGN GROUP, LTD.

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