|Future People Plaza?|
UPTOWN: Emanuel has talked about creating an Uptown Music District akin to the downtown theater district to synergize the area’s musical treasures: the Green Mill, the Aragon Ballroom, the Riviera and the Uptown Theater.
With the CTA rebuilding the Wilson Station, the city’s plan calls for using signage, gateway identifiers and streetscaping along large stretches of Broadway and Lawrence to create a “distinctive” environment.
It also calls for creating a “people plaza” at Broadway and Racine, a “people street” on Clifton that could be shut down for musical performances and use parking garage at Truman College to lure music fans.
“It’s about making it easier for people to get from one [music venue] to the other in the evening safely [and] parking. How do we take advantage of the public transportation renovation at Wilson and connect that with the parking that’s available at Truman College?” [Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Michelle] Boone said.
“There’s limited parking. It’s not very accessible via public transportation. People don’t feel safe. But, the bones of the infrastructure for what you need to make it an entertainment district are there. You have the music venues."