Though ground hasn’t yet been broken on the Lawrence Avenue Streetscape, the Chicago Department of Transportation and 47th Ward Office are already reviewing proposals for the project’s finishing touch: community identifiers.
These markers, planned for the east and west ends of the streetscape, will serve as gateways to the spruced-up stretch of Lawrence. “It’s a way to show what the area’s known for or what it’s going to be known for,” says Ernie Constantino, director of constituent services for the 47th Ward.
CDOT presented a greatest hits of past efforts in neighborhoods ranging from Hegewisch to Old Town, Oak Park to Mayfair. And let’s not forget those rocket ships that welcome folks to Northalsted.
Community stakeholders were given the opportunity to study several concepts for Lawrence Avenue, ranging from pole-mounted to vertical columns, and provide feedback. The biggest challenge, according to Constantino, is that the gateways will be spaced along the avenue from Lincoln Square to Ravenswood. “There’s no cohesive identity in terms of neighborhood,” he says.
Might we suggest “the new Armitage.”