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Creator: Emily Wright The “keeper” of Keeler Ave is a character who lives on Keeler Avenue in North Lawndale, Chicago. He represents the desires and needs of the current street residents while producing this informational guide to advocate future plans and potential of Keeler Avenue.

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Focusing between Roosevelt and 16th Street, Keeler Avenue is not only home to numerous housing typologies, but also two religious organizations and a daycare. Cook County is in the midst of a foreclosure crisis. Keeler Ave is no stranger to this issue with eight vacancies along this small four-block strip.

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PAST AND PRESENT To address the abundance of housing stock coupled with lack of appeal, I wanted to design a tool for the neighborhood to imagine methods to improve their surroundings, attract new people and programs into this area, as well as set forth the framework to have their voices heard and hands involved.

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It is home to a historic district of about 10 blocks with a range of housing typologies, ranging GSPNnBUCSJDLT UPnBUHSFZTUPOFT UPMBSHFS apartment complexes, and smaller one-story single family detached precursors to the Chicago bungalow.

For a number of reasons, including segregation and racism in homeownership and riots following Martin Luther King’s assassination in the 1960’s , its population has been declining for a number of years leaving many buildings vacant and others demolished. From its peak population of 125,000, it is now in the upper 30,000s, and still declining.


The layers of history are displayed in many of the buildings which have survived and remained constant throughout the ever-changing populations and demographics. For example, many of the once Jewish synagogues have Baptist Church signs above their engraved Star of David. Initiatives have been developed and implemented to preserve some of these monuments, as well as bring positive attention to the neighborhood, hosting historic district walking tours and forming “The Greystone Preservation Initiative.�


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EXISTING VACANT TYPOLOGIES: Roosevelt Road

Vacant building north of vacant lot and south of occupied house

Vacant building in-between two occupied houses

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Vacant building north of occupied house and south of vacant lot

Vacant building in-between two vacant lots

Two vacant buildings in-between two occupied buildings

Three Vacant Lots

Vacant building across residential street/alley from neighborhood institution

Vacant building north of occupied house and south of vacant lot

Vacant building(s) near urban edge


NEW ARCHITECTURAL TACTICS: 1.1 Every vacant house located to the south of an occupied house shall alter ground to the south maintaining southern exposure of home.

1.2 When two vacant buildings are located next to one another, and the southern building is in substandard condition, the southern building shall be deconstructed to equal or less than one story. 1.3 When two vacant buildings are located next to one another, and the northern building is in substandard condition, resort to decision tree.

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two vacant buildings are located next to one another and both are substandard, the southern building shall be deconstructed to equal or less than one story, and the northern shall be renovated. 2.1 Every vacant house located to the south of an occupied house shall alter the ground to the south maintaining southern exposure of home. 2.2 In the event a vacant building is across a street or alley from a vacant lot, a surface treatment shall be implemented to develop a connection between the two.

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2.3 When more than one vacant lots are within 4 parcels of an institution, a surface treatment shall be implemented on the ground directly between both/all, disregarding the city grid.

3.1 In the event a vacant lot is near a commercial edge, it shall become a corridor for entrances to retail shops and residential buildings. 3.2 In the event a vacant is in-between two vacant buildings, the space between shall become a shared courtyard, with main entry to buildings within. 3.3 When street interrupts space between two corresponding programs/buildings, it shall detour around. Breaking the Grid

4.1 When a vacant building is within 4 parcels of an institution, the vacant building shall become an expansion of the institution’s program. 4.2 When a vacant building is within 4 parcels of an institution, the vacant buildings shall become affordable housing for the users of the institution. Program Coordination

5.1 Every vacant house located to the south of an occupied house shall alter ground to the south maintaining southern exposure of home. 5.2 When two vacant buildings are located next to one another, and the southern building is in substandard condition, the southern building shall be deconstructed to equal or less than one story. 5.3 When two vacant buildings are located next to one another, and the northern building is in substandard condition, resort to decision tree. New Program

5.4 When two vacant buildings are located next to one another and both are substandard, the southern building shall be deconstructed to equal or less than one story, and the northern shall be renovated.

6. When three or more vacant properties and the shared space between the properties correspond with one another, the road shall detour around the zone, providing parking nearby. 6.2 When street interrupts space between two corresponding programs/buildings, it shall detour around.

Road Change


Keith Age: 50 Maintenance Man Featured on Page 19

Meet Keith...

Charles Age: 60 Neighborhood Housing Services Neighborhood Director, North Lawndale Featured on Page 13

Meet Charles...


FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE: Frieda Age: 38 Mother of two, volunteers at Lawndale Community Church Featured on Page 31

Meet Frieda...

Meet Jeff...

Jeff Architect, Landon Bone Baker Architects Chicago, IL Featured on Page 25


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“Lawndale will end up being a better place than it ever has been..recognizing that it has always been a tough community in many respects.�

Charles Age: 60 Neighborhood Housing Services Neighborhood Director, North Lawndale

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“North Lawndale is a poor community, in terms of per capita income. It is resource poor in terms of the amount of retail that people have access to, as well as, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables..neighborhoods are often referred to as ‘food deserts.” Given that we exist within a market based economy, I understand how getting more amenities into the community is going to depend of what kind of demand there is for those amenities. There is a significant concentration of greystones that follow the city’s boulevard system; it really is a very distinctive belt around the core city of Chicago. Lawndale is the buckle on that greystone belt. So that gives us something to brand North Lawndale with, something to talk about. And we’ve been able to do that by creating the City of Chicago Greystone Initiative in an effort to celebrate the building type, as well as help people to understand the importance of this building type. And try to come up with some creative strategies to take care of these buildings and restore them.

What we can do in Lawndale involves trying to get a lot of other folks and entities at the table, to interact with community residents to think strategically about where communities can go and what we can do in terms of design. I think design is really important in neighborhoods in terms of what we can do to revitalize communities.”


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Looking for: Families or persons looking for a home with garden, as well as willing and able to maintain landscape.


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Keith Age: 50 Maintenance Man


“I think North Lawndale is a really good area. It seems that the collective community is working towards uplifting people and motivating people in the right direction, more so than I’ve seen anywhere else in the Chicago area. I find it to be a very good thing. I think it’s been very helpful for a lot of people. There are a lot of programs available in terms of social needs, as well as, interim housing, medical needs, health, spiritual being very high on the list, obviously most important. I think it has done a tremendous amount of good for the area.”


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“There’s a not in my backyard mentality, but affordable housing can have different levels. It can have communities that are mixed, they have seniors, they have children, they have families, single people, they have different people. It can richen the community.

On a certain level you need people who have expertise in certain areas. It’s really about connecting people and finding the right team. There can be this energy that happens; talk about it, talk about what you’re trying to do. It can be fun. Sometimes neighborhoods just need this interjection, and this jolt of excitement. I think as architects being able to offer up some of these projects that you might not think can happen, but if people get excited about it, it can happen. It’s pretty fun.

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Jeff Architect, Landon Bone Baker Architects Chicago, IL


Vacant lot located to the south of a vacant building:

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“North Lawndale is a comeback-thriving community. It once lost all hope, and now with the concerns of a few individuals, it is starting to rebuild itself back into a thriving community. It was a dope infested community, which still dope is in the area, but they have taken one street at a time and revitalized it; bring it back to where Joe-public is wanting to come back to it and revitalize the area. We just pray that it happens; we know it’s not going to happen over night and right now, this about 30 years in the making. All things take time, so hopefully it will come within the next 4-5, 10 years. But maybe it won’t even be in this lifetime completely, we just pray that it happens.”


Meet Frieda... Frieda Age: 38 Mother of two, volunteers at Lawndale Community Church


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Creator: Emily Wright The “keeper” of Keeler Ave is a character who lives on Keeler Avenue in North Lawndale, Chicago. He represents the desires and needs of the current street residents while producing this informational guide to advocate future plans and potential of Keeler Avenue.

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Douglas

Millard

Cermak

Central Park

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Ridgeway

Kostner

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Roosevelt

Lawndale

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Harding

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