The Chicago Planning Commission has adopted a study looking at ways to increase pedestrian traffic along the Western Avenue Corridor.
A community-based planning initiative focused on the northern five-mile section of Western Avenue from West Addison Street to West Howard Street. urbanize chicago report. A plan covering four boroughs and multiple neighborhoods analyzed pedestrian patterns, environmental factors, and the socioeconomic composition of the area.
The city’s Planning and Development Department and Transportation Department jointly led the investigation. Site Design Group; Skidmore, Owings, Merrill. potential design; Sam Schwartz; and Borderless also assisted in completing the research and drafting the plans.
The completed study will enable the city to design social corridors that create greater density and foot traffic in certain mixed-use neighborhood centers. Low-density residential infill is added between neighborhood centers.
The study also aims to prioritize bus infrastructure along Western Avenue. The plan calls for adding bus lanes, blowing out bus bulbs, and optimizing signal timing. The study also examined pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
A neighborhood center is defined as a dense, mixed-use core with high commercial, transit, and residential use. Neighborhood centers will be located on Irving Park Road, Lawrence Avenue, Bryn Mawr Avenue, Devon Avenue and Rant Avenue.
Now that the Planning Commission has adopted the study, DPD will proceed with the implementation of the Western Avenue Corridor Plan. The department now reserves project resources based on the research recommendations. DPD will also pilot new policies and projects that can further improve development along the corridor.
— Victoria Pruitt