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Have you visited The 606? Ever wondered what happens in the old factory buildings along its path?
Before The 606 became the linear park of today, it was an industrial railway that served the shipping needs of factory tenants like Schwinn Bikes, Ludwig Drums and Lincoln Logs. Over time, manufacturing moved away, train service ended and the physical connection between these factories and the railroad was broken. Many of these buildings still exist today and have found new uses, such as the Kimball Art Center, a space filled with creative types and small business owners. In light of these new uses, we think it’s time to reconnect to The 606.
Our proposal, 606+ takes a slow growth approach, unfolding in 3 Acts. Through arts-focused neighborhood engagement, placemaking and programming, 606+ presents a framework that allows plans and ideas to emerge naturally and to evolve with the neighborhood over time.