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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Today's archidose #842

Here are some photos of The 606 by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, which opened today in Chicago, Illinois. Photos by John Zacherle.

The 606 Park / Bloomingdale Trail - Chicago, IL

The 606 Park / Bloomingdale Trail - Chicago, IL

Happy Trails

The 606 Park / Bloomingdale Trail - Chicago, IL

The 606 Park / Bloomingdale Trail - Chicago, IL

The 606 Park / Bloomingdale Trail - Chicago, IL

The 606 Park / Bloomingdale Trail - Chicago, IL

The 606 Park / Bloomingdale Trail - Chicago, IL

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3 comments:

  1. all the pictures of this that Ive seen makes it look like just a sidewalk with bare dirt next to it. If that's supposed to be Chicago's answer to the High Line.....wow.

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    1. I don't think it's supposed to be Chicago's answer to the High Line. For one, it's a bit more remote than the High Line is, cutting through some low-scale neighborhoods rather than across a landscape dense with taller warehouses (and now condos). Second, the 606 is using federal funds that require it to be a means of non-auto transportation. So it's first a bike lane and then a pedestrian way and then a garden, the last supplement by parks that are placed like pearls along the necklace, if you will. The High Line is about strolling and getting that view of Manhattan from three stories up. The 606 is about movement and connecting open spaces in residential neighborhoods away from downtown. Much different goals in my mind.

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    2. ok, that sounds like something that chicago could really use. Less flashy but more substantive. It will be interesting to see what impact it has on the community

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