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The availability and quality of the design of open space, whether it is dedicated to such uses as recreation, nature preservation, or enhancing neighborhood sidewalks and streets, is vital to a community’s quality of life. It contributes to a positive neighborhood identity, and may serve as a key strategy in community revitalization. The City Design Center receives many requests to assist communities in improving open space design in diverse locales including industrial, commercial, and residential areas. The Center has worked with organizations in communities to assist in identifying and developing strategies to meet open space needs and interests. Below, several projects are described that provided assistance requested specifically to improve community open space. Landscape and streetscape design, however, has been integral in virtually all the Center’s Community Design Excellence projects.


Pilsen Plaza Design

North Lawndale Facade Improvement Program

Bringing Back their Playground: Collaborative Design of the Brown School Playlot

Linking Historic Landmarks: Prairie Avenue Park Design

Assessing Park and Recreational Needs: The Pilsen Open Space Study

Creating Community Identity: The Madison Street Banner Competition

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