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Polish Triangle Survey: Nelson Algren Stays, Pigeons Out

By Alisa Hauser | October 28, 2014 1:24pm
 The Polish Triangle at the intersection of Ashland and Milwaukee avenues and Division Street.
Polish Triangle at Ashland, Milwaukee and Division
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NOBLE SQUARE — A new survey on the future of the Polish Triangle reveals people want Nelson Algren in, the pigeons out and somewhere for people to sit down.

A grassroots coalition hoping to revitalize the Triangle put out a call for opinions with an online survey, residents weighing in on what they would like to see at the intersection of Milwaukee, Avenue and Ashland avenues.

Kapra Fleming, a member of the Polish Triangle Coalition, said the survey, which lasted for three weeks and ended on Friday, brought in 1,257 responses on how to improve the transit-friendly patch that serves as a gateway to four neighborhoods.

Remove or Keep the Nelson Algren Fountain?

Sixty-six percent of survey respondents want to keep the fountain as-is but "refresh" it,  Fleming said.

Should the pigeons be relocated?

Seventy-two percent of respondents want to "relocate the pigeons," if possible.

"Some love pigeons, but some thought this was an impossible task on the nay-sayer side," Fleming said.

The long-discussed pigeon relocation plan, which would require financing and city permits, would involve building a structure just east of the triangle where pigeons could nest, and their eggs were replaced with fake eggs to reduce the population.

"We can't get rid of the pigeon feeders — the people that want to feed the birds will do that. But we want to get [the birds] off the triangle and somewhere else," said Fleming, who owns the House of Two Urns, a bed and breakfast at 1239 N. Greenview Ave., around the corner from the triangle.

Should the CTA install a traditional canopy design or a modern design above the CTA Blue Line Division "L" underground entrance?

Kapra said 69 percent of respondents preferred a traditional canopy design over a contemporary design.

Top Three Activities at the Polish Triangle: 

There were 971 votes for a farmers market; 778 votes for temporary food trucks;  669 votes for performance events.

Top Five Amenities:

There were 982 votes for landscaping/planters, 737 votes for seating; 689 votes for additional lighting; 578 votes for a canopy and 549 votes for "Neighborhood, Cultural Identity Markers" such as signage.

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