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Harper Court, Hyde Park and the Essence of Community

June 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

HC6In its previous incarnation, Harper Court was a deteriorating remnant of past urban renewal. Evoking a 1960s strip mall vogue, two levels of retail were split off the plaza, with stairs leading down to shops below grade and another set of stairs going up to the second level. Trends in retail have changed, however, and it was proving difficult to retain tenants.
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Building a Better Neighborhood: LEED-ND and the Future Community

June 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Park Forest, one of Chicago’s southern suburbs, had a curious beginning. Established in 1949, the village wasn’t served by a commuter rail line, the kernel around which most other suburbs accrued. It was in fact the first post-war, planned community built around an automobile-oriented shopping mall. Ten years later, around 29,000 residents lived in ranch style homes on large lots, enjoying the independence that their cars gave them. This new vision of suburbia would change the development landscape in America for generations
to come.
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