1. Often it is artwork in the “unwelcoming public space” or the “auto centric plaza” that lifts our spirit or allows the pedestrian to pause for a moment to consider the creative in humankind. This artwork still has the ability to connect, and its ROI is in the eye of the beholder.

  2. Thanks for pointing out the value of Creative Placemaking and public art as a means of combatting the isolation of poverty, and a way to connect communities. So much negative publicity has befallen Chicago in recent media, and it is great to see something growing in the city to offer a different reality. Chicago needs more than this to address the crime reality, but what a great way to turn things in a new direction.

  3. Good point, Stephen. Although I have some other images that could be a whole blog on this subject — looking at less human-scaled plazas with less design acumen but with equal dollars invested. I have to ask, why not up the ante by creating places that people would prefer to linger.

    Thanks for the encouragement, BZTAT. No city is perfect, and it’s important to focus on some of the good things that are happening in every place. You’re right, while “eyes on the street” won’t eradicate crime, it definitely helps.

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