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Brownfields Conference to Land in Chicago

July 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Brownfields are economic and environmental blights to any community, and the challenge of remedying them is a daunting one. A property is considered to be a brownfield if it is vacant and any redevelopment would be complicated by the presence of contamination, whether real or perceived. That last part is important; the mere perception of hazardous materials is enough to keep many developers from even considering a site.
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The 606: The Trailhead to a Larger Trend

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

After more than a decade of planning, $95 million in funding and one name change, the City of Chicago cut the ribbon recently on the 606, a new elevated park that stretches for nearly three miles on the city’s northwest side. Formerly known as the Bloomingdale Trail, the park makes use of a disused rail line that stretches above Bloomingdale Avenue, connecting Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Humboldt Park.
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Mending Brownfields: It Takes a Little Village

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Photo: Eric Allix Rogers

Photo: Eric Allix Rogers

By Matt Baker

The car bounced down the road, avoiding deep potholes and the snow and ice piled high on the curbs. Margaret Renas turned off of bustling Kedzie onto a narrow road. Beautiful, turn-of-the-century houses lined the residential street, but also the occasional dress store, taqueria or auto repair shop.

This is Little Village, a proud and vibrant neighborhood where businesses aren’t limited to the main commercial drag. But Renas’ job as she drove around the southwest side neighborhood was to ignore these signs of life. She was brownfield hunting.
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A Decade of Model Green Building

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

This June, the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) turned ten years old. Hundreds of people came out to celebrate the successes of one of the country’s premier green building educational facilities and to launch it toward the next ten years.
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O’Hare Goes Green. Big Time.

December 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Courtesy Chicago Department of Aviation

Ten years ago, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley announced a plan to renovate the area’s overtaxed, international airport. The O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP) advocated new and extended runways, a reconfigured layout and a newly-constructed western terminal.

The project was designed to reduce delays and increase capacity at the airfield. Spend some money now, the thinking goes (the current OMP budget is estimated at $8 billion), and make more later once O’Hare’s prominence as a transportation hub is carried on into the 21st century.
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Chicago’s Own High Line: The Bloomingdale Trail

December 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

Photo: David B. Gleason

It’s an elevated corridor 2.6 miles long, along Bloomingdale Avenue through Chicago’s northwest neighborhoods of Bucktown, Humboldt Park, Logan Square and Wicker Park. To the passerby below, it looks like an old, abandoned track corridor. However, to the brave souls that ignore the “no trespassing” and “private property” signs and risk prosecution, this “Bloomingdale Trail” is the future linear park for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and all active transportation advocates.
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South Works Planned Developement Set for TIF Infusion

May 12, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

The Chicago City Council may once again turn to controversial tax-increment financing (TIF) to help pay for the redevelopment of the years-dormant South Works property. On Tuesday, the Council’s Community Development Commission voted unanimously in support of pledging $96 million to finance the first phase of a massive overhaul of the former U.S. Steel plant on the city’s south side. If approved by the full Council, the South Works TIF would be the City’s largest ever subsidy of private development.
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