RAVENSWOOD — The transformation of the Ravenswood Corridor from a historical manufacturing district to a modern hub of the creative class will be on display this weekend for the nation's urban planners.
On Sunday, the Ravenswood Community Council has organized a walking tour for conference attendees — planners, architects, engineers, academics and policymakers — that will stretch along Ravenswood Avenue from the Irving Park Brown Line station to Lawrence Avenue.
"We really wanted to bring more visibility to a national audience," said Clayton Jirak, a council board member who also holds a master's degree in urban planning. "We wanted to showcase a highly developed, very well established creative corridor."
The re-purposing of existing structures for new uses is the main theme of the tour, as well as transit-oriented development and sustainability.
Once highly industrialized, the Ravenswood Corridor now includes a mix of office space, restaurants, small businesses and artist lofts.
Said Jirak, "That's one of our big goals, to show the juxtaposition of old and new."