Building a Better Chicago Never Stops
Whether you have lived in Chicago for three months or three years, you know one thing is certain: Chicago is always changing. Between pop-up restaurants, new luxury apartment complexes or huge, 50-story business buildings, new development is happening today, tomorrow and the next day after that.
Specifically, if you went to your computer right now, pulled up Google and typed “Chicago construction articles” in the search bar, you would find a plethora of construction, demolition or brand new development articles scattered across the Internet. Yes, construction spikes during the summer months but the windy city’s construction never sleeps. As you can probably assume, there are two sides to this story: the ones that support the huge growth and others who do not.
When discussing the support for construction, you have to take in account that a lot of the new construction can be found in areas that are struggling or that are known for a certain stereotyping quality. For example, the north side of Chicago isn’t really known for luxurious, high-rise apartment complexes…that’s the downtown’s job. However, if you take a drive around Lakeview and Lincoln Park you will find a handful of construction sites and new buildings taking the stage. In turn, this new construction will add a different type of crowd to the area, diversifying it and hopefully drawing new business from it.
On the other side of the fence, local residents who have lived in areas like these for years seriously oppose these luxury apartments crowding their beautifully preserved neighborhoods. According to various websites that have weighed in, the overall opinion is that these luxury apartments are ruining the look and feel of the neighborhood. Vintage houses and complexes are being torn down for the new-age high rise.
Here’s the thing: no matter what side you are on, there is common ground that can always be found. Progress, whether big or small is good for improving serious cash flow to the neighborhoods and therefore improving local business. Keeping our favorite coffee shops, vintage stores and farmers markets is something anyone can get behind.
To see a map of upcoming developments across Chicago, check out Curbed Chicago’s article here: http://chicago.curbed.com/maps/chicago-tower-highrise-construction-map