Report Suggests Improvements for Chicago's Network of Underground Paths

A new report is potentially a first step in a larger project to revamp Chicago's Pedway—an under-appreciated network of tunnels in downtown Chicago.
July 15, 2017, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Blair Kamin shares the details of a new report that delves into the city of Chicago's Pedway—"the underground network of tunnels and corridors that links more than 50 downtown buildings, CTA Red and Blue Line stations, as well as the Metra station beneath Millennium Park."

The Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center commissioned the study, in partnership with Broadway in Chicago and the Chicago Loop Alliance. A new 38-page study is the result.

Kamin, who is a "veteran" Pedway user, offers his assessment of the report's recommendations. "While some of the suggested tools, like consistently labeled signs, are no-brainers, others, such as the cube-shaped entrance pavilion, promise imaginative touches of architectural spectacle. The Pedway needs both."

The article also includes more details about the report, and the status of the political support that could move forward with the ideas included in the report.

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Published on Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Chicago Tribune
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