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City Wide Initiatives: A big plan for the South Side of Chicago is necessary to achieve effective transformation of its social and economic conditions. Here the Obama Presidential Center has the potential to be one of many initiatives. Due to its global profile, the OPC could be the most important of these and hence a catalyst at a structural level to bring together existing and proposed projects in a 21st century CITY VISION.

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The MUDD21 Studio has identified ten projects, which together could transform the South Side: (1) O’Hare-Midway-South Side CTA Belt Line - a transit connection along existing rail corridors that would link the South Side with O'Hare Aiport and its burgeoning employment opportunities. (2) Metra South Shore Line CTA Conversion – an upgrade of existing rail services operating as a regional commuter service to rapid transit mode with quick links to and from The Loop. (3) Michael Reese Hospital Redevelopment – much-needed re-investment in this site on the edge of Chicago’s oldest African American community in Bronzeville. (4) Black Metropolis National Heritage Area – currently under review for dedication by the U.S. Congress as an essential affirmation of Black Culture in American life. (5) Obama Presidential Center – the centrepiece of the initiative, a game-changer for Chicago and the South Side. (6) Midway-Englewood-Washington Park-Hyde Park Light Rail – an east-west connector extending from Englewood to the successful 53rd Street Revitalization Area in Hyde Park through Washington Park past the Du Sable Museum of African American History to the University of Chicago Medical Center and the University of Chicago Campus. (7) Chicago Lakeside Development – spectacular redevelopment of the former U.S. Steel South Works steel mill on the shore of Lake Michigan proposed as a best practice demonstration of sustainable development by SOM in 2014. (8) CTA Red Line Extension – proposed by the CTA in 2014 to extend the Red Line from 95th Street to 130th Street, increasing accessibility for the far South Side community. (9) Calumet Water Enterprise Trade Zone – proposed by Martin Felsen from IIT to revitalize industrial lands near the Illinois/Indiana state line using recycled water from the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant. (10) Pullman National Monument – the model industrial town designed by Solon S. Beman in the 1880s, proclaimed a U.S. National Monument by President Obama in 2015. The combination of new employment opportunities, new levels of public transit accessibility across the metro region, new development projects and new institutions of global significance could transform Chicago, the segregated city, into an inspirational city of the 21st century.


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Ten Moves for 21st Century Chicago (1) O’Hare-Midway-South Side CTA Belt Line (2) Metra South Shore Line CTA Conversion (3) Michael Reese Hospital Redevelopment (4) Black Metropolis National Heritage Area (5) Obama Presidential Center (6) Midway-EnglewoodWashington Park-Hyde Park Light Rail (7) Chicago Lakeside Development (8) CTA Red Line Extension (9) Calumet Water Enterprise Trade Zone (10) Pullman National Monument Source (top): Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), master_plan Source (middle): Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Source (bottom): Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), http://www.

“Make no little plans” – Daniel H. Burnham, 1907 Master of Urban Development

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