Chicago Seeks Public Input on Clark Street Improvements

The city is creating a strategy for improvements in the Clark Street corridor to improve the area's walkability and stimulate the local economy.

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February 1, 2022, 8:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


Aerial view of Clark Street

City of Chicago / Clark Street Crossroads Study

Chicago's Department of Planning and Development is soliciting stakeholder input to develop a plan for Clark Street, a major commercial thoroughfare that connects some of the city's most historic neighborhoods, including Uptown and Wrigleyville.

As part of its study of the area, the city wants to "identify opportunities for new development, zoning enhancements and public realm improvements" that will drive more pedestrians to Clark Street and its businesses. According to the project's website, the study will examine ways to improve streetscapes "to promote additional comfort and safety for pedestrians and cyclists" and introduce "uses that increase foot traffic to the area."

The article notes that the study is funded by $250,000 from the Clark/Montrose Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, a financing mechanism that uses property tax growth to promote public and private investment in a designated district. The DPD plans to release the final study and its recommendations in June 2022.

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