Monthly Comic: Public Spaces in 60625

This is part of a monthly comic series about urban planning in Lincoln Square, by artist Sarah Morton .

This month, Sarah writes (and draws) about what makes a great public space, showing Giddings Plaza as an example of what’s good, and North Center’s Town Square as a place with something to be desired. She also offers some recommendations for how to improve Town Square.

Interestingly enough, Sarah pointed out that before the ink had even dried on her comic above, a Sept. 26 story appeared in the Chicago Tribune about a proposal by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to create plazas around the city and privatize them, with private operators taking on maintenance costs but also benefiting from profit generated in those spaces. Some of Sarah’s own ideas are reflected in the plan, such as privatizing in the first place and attracting food vendors. The article states that a winning bid for the project could be selected as the end of November. Additionally of interest to 60625, note this paragraph concerning Ward 47:

North Side Ald. Ameya Pawar is enthusiastic about the plaza idea. So enthusiastic, in fact, that he got transportation officials to add two locations from his 47th Ward. Pawar said he’s optimistic the city can prevent the plazas from looking like the ad-plastered outfield walls at minor league baseball stadiums.

Sarah’s inquiries to ward officials were not immediately answered, but speculation on Sarah’s part suggests that one of those two locations is North Center’s space. Where might the second one be?

The article notes some residents’ concerns about private companies taking on and advertising in spaces intended for public gatherings. What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

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