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  1. Let’s not delude ourselves into believing that a contempo design imagined at an architect’s desk in Chicago and never having received local LF public scrutiny (like HPC) is somehow imaginative and appropriate to Market Square’s architecture. I love having a better bikepath, but the bike shelter has to go!

    In addition, the new landscape opens up, rather than hides, the views of hundreds of parked cars. It creates a prairie rather than an English vernacular a la Market Square, and far more maintenance / weeding for City crews.

    I think it would be valuable to have more public review of landscapes…before they are installed.

    Last year, the LF Preservation Foundation alerted City staff to the dis-connect of architectural styles.

  2. Where in this new design will school/business buses pick up and drop off passengers in the mornings/evenings? There doesn’t seem to be an obvious place anymore. Please don’t tell me that the city in their infinite wisdom has decided that taking up all the parking spots or street on Western Ave. the way they used to do and the way they’ve been doing it during construction… That is extremely bad planning.

  3. Thank you for the article about the bike shelter. It is now obvious what the shelter is for but we too enjoyed speculating. I will say that it seems to us that the redesigned areas around the station feel very tight and not vehicle friendly with almost no space for safely stopping to drop off passengers.

    • I appreciated this informative news analysis of the bike parking station @ the Metra station along McKinley Road.

      Architectural design, like the law, does not stand still. It is every evolving. Indeed organic.

      When I first viewed the structure I was very pleasantly surprised by its imaginative design that attends to a twenty-first century need.

      As for the biker-friendly reconfiguration of the McClory Bike Path, when I first learned about it I could not imagine how it would be designed. As construction proceeded I observed it frequently. And as it took its form I considered the outcome imaginative as well as inviting.

      Finally, a historical observation. Think of the design of Howard Van Doren Shaw for the central business district, completed in 1917. It took something familiar — but not especially lovely — and recasted it as Market Square. A century hence it stands out as architectural statement of immense significance recognized on an international scale.

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