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The West Side Corridor is a theoretical “vision plan” for the Planned Manufacturing District (PMD) located in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor (Ogden to Halsted, Kinzie to Carrol) running through Chicago’s West Loop. A PMD is an area of land defined by a legal zoning code that dedicates space for manufacturing activities and prohibits residential development and other specific uses—a practice originally intended to revive Chicago’s industrial base and create jobs.
Scattered throughout the city, some PMDs have revived the economic base, but many have not, including this particular segment of the Kinzie Corridor PMD. The West Side Corridor project visualizes what’s possible when we relax the Kinzie PMD and embrace the larger business dynamics in the West Loop.
A platform capping the Amtrak and Metra train tracks from Ogden to Halsted welcomes the functions of a light-manufacturing district at the base, while creating new space for other types of development above. The roofs of the buildings at the base form a 28-acre Public Park for a neighborhood today that has no open green space.