Controversy Emerges Over Chicago's Polka Dot Intersection

Local residents are upset with the effects of the placemaking installment in Chicago, opened this spring—namely slower traffic and a polka dot color scheme. An article in DNAinfo points out that slowing traffic was kind of the point.

July 1, 2015, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Ariel Cheung reports on the pushback to the Lincoln Hub makeover in Chicago—a brightly covered, polka dot paint scheme designed as a placemaking and traffic calming facility. According to Cheung, "some neighbors have taken umbrage to what they've nicknamed "Polka Dot Park" and say it has snarled traffic and detracted from the block's historic architecture."

A petition to remove the project's polka dots and bollards is circulating online, with 257 signatures earlier this week. The project is a test of the concept, so future tweaks are possible. The city is also "planning 10 more similar public spaces in the city's plazas, malls and traffic triangles this year, with 10 additional locations each year following, as approved by the City Council." 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in DNAinfo Chicago

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