A discussion between concerned neighbors about the dangers of navigating Logan Square by car, bike, or on foot, and how the square could be enhanced turned into an impactful project under construction today — a great example of the power of community involvement.
United as community activists, civil and traffic engineers, and architects, the group began to implement traffic studies and design options for improvement. Several years of drawing revisions and meetings have turned into a master plan accepted by Aldermen, State Senators, the City of Chicago, and the Chicago Department of Transportation.
The team's goal to improve safety, eliminate 1.6 acres of pavement, accommodate multi-modal transportation around the square, and address flooding has succeeded.
As one of the plan's original creators, KSP Partner, Don Semple, is a stakeholder on the project acting as a community design reviewer and representative. The main project is slated for construction in 2019, including rerouting major streets. The next step is to improve the Milwaukee train and bus stop.