Rethinking Chicago's Water Treatment System

As Chicago nears completion of the Deep Tunnel project, two local architects have proposed a new eco-friendly water plan for the city.

"Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen of the Bridgeport architectural firm UrbanLab...envision a self-contained system that would take water from Lake Michigan, use it, and then run it through a natural treatment system dispersed throughout the city before returning it to its source."

The plan would allow for the flow of the Chicago river to be restored to its natural state, and free up the Deep Tunnel project to be used for new subway lines.

"Dunn and Felsen propose that the city switch over to a decentralized all-natural water treatment and recycling system that would double the city's parkland. A series of 50 "eco-boulevards" spaced every half mile from Rogers Park to Roseland would run east-west from Lake Michigan to the subcontinental divide between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins at about Harlem Avenue-thin green ribbons running across the city that would replace pavement with green space, greenhouses, and wetland for the treatment of waste and storm water."

"Each eco-boulevard would jut out into Lake Michigan and end in a man-made peninsula to accommodate solar arrays, wind turbines, and geothermal wells to power the treatment processes. "Terminal Parks" would mark the eco-boulevard's western extremes. These large green spaces would be surrounded by residential and work complexes to accommodate returnees from the outer suburbs, who by 2106 will have moved back closer to town to obtain running water."

Thanks to Jessica Zgobis

Full Story: Close Deep Tunnel

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95