Originally Posted by HomrQT
I know I'm late responding to this, but there is one park 1.3 miles away and 2 parks just over 2 miles away from this site as well as California Blvd. Again, I don't think the site needs a park that could fit a full length soccer field and then have space on top of that, just less park more structure. I understand what you're saying about distance, 7 miles is a good walk so it's not Old Town close, but it's certainly not what I'd consider far from downtown, because to me O'Hare is far from downtown, not 31st and Kedzie.
All you did was just further prove how appropriate it is for this project to include a park.
Piotrowski is over used given its size... McKinley requires residents of this area to walk through a large industrial zone, over a river, under the Stevenson, under a set of rail viaducts, across Western and across Archer... Douglas is a hike into a not so great neighborhood... and the idea of children playing on the boulevard is laughable, sending kids over to a oversized median that runs between Cook County Correctional and the courts? Get real.
Two thirds of the site will be taken up by a mixed use structure with three separate forms rising 7-10 floors in an area of essentially nothing over three floors... and certainly nothing as visually exciting as this proposal. So they threw in a park slightly larger than a soccer field, big deal.