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For all the curb appeal and lush greenery on display in Chicago’s famed Bungalow Belt, one might naturally presume there to be a prevalence of parks and recreational amenities, but they’re curiously absent in these densely planned communities. At the intersection of heavily trafficked Addison and Meade Avenues (in the far South West corner of Portage Park), the Quite Village project envisions a suspended public plaza constructed at the same scale and of the same materials as CTA train platforms found throughout the city.
With no clearly defined public space and limited retail in walking distance (many storefronts sit unoccupied here), the area has little choice but to be car-centric. This imbalance negates the original strength of the neighborhood as a place where families could have the suburban benefits of home ownership, along with the urban benefits of walkable amenities.
The Quite Village is an oasis above the traffic, a gathering space that can reinvigorate its surroundings and create a unique sense of place for locals and visitors alike.