Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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84 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Argyle Continued from page 82 today, and provides a model for future sustainable collaborations." The first shared street in the City of Chicago, Argyle is an innovative, flexible, and sustainable streetscape that demonstrates the idea that roads are not simply infrastructure that takes us from one place to another. They can in fact encourage a sense of identity and community. In September 2017, the city conducted a survey of Night Market visitors from the previous months. 74 percent of respondents agreed that the shared street improvements enhanced the market experience, with 96 percent of respondents noting they would return. When asked what they liked best about the shared street, common responses revolved around the way the street embraces diversity and culture, the pedestrian-oriented design, and the increased sense of community. This positive feedback may inspire future shared streetscape designs in the city. The $4.5 million project led to a new addition for the Chicago Special Service Area (SSA), which funds expanded services and programs for local business owners, such as increased maintenance and stewardship. The expanded role helped bridge historic disparities between residents and business owners to work toward a common vision for a new community amenity that serves all of Uptown. Argyle Shared Street is a vivid example of community-oriented, multi-modal streetscape development. It prioritizes safety, is easily accessible, creates a sense of place, and lays the foundation for neighborhood economic development. Infiltration planters, sometimes known as rain gardens, are landscaped reservoirs that collect and filter storm water, allowing pollutants to settle and filter out as the water runs through the planter soil and infiltrates into the ground. They contain a layer of gravel, soil, and vegetation. Here, a rain garden brightens the sidewalk and extends into the street to form a bump-out and create protected parking. PHOTO: SCOTT SHIGLEY

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