DNAinfo’s Adeshina Emmanuel:
City officials presented initial designs for the Argyle Streetscape project Monday. Janet Attarian, complete streets director at the Chicago Department of Transportation, said the design concept eliminates curbs, forces cars below 15 miles per hour and creates a shared space without hierarchy between road users.
I went to this meeting last night expecting the typical streetscape treatment: gateway lights, new sidewalks, stamped crosswalks, etc. I was practically on the edge of my seat once I realized that CDOT’s Janet Attarian was describing something entirely different.
Argyle’s new design will essentially take Lincoln Square to the next level. Cars will still be allowed, but all curbs will be removed and pedestrians will be able to cross the street wherever they please. While a true car-free street would be awesome, this will be a huge improvement over the current situation. One benefit of the design, explicitly mentioned by Attarian, is that it will allow for easy conversion to a pedestrian street in the future.