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Cortland & Ashland Underpass Dream Makeover: Vote For Your Favorite Design

By Alisa Hauser | June 30, 2016 6:21pm
 The Cortland Street viaduct in Bucktown.
The Cortland Street viaduct in Bucktown.
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Jonathan Goldman

BUCKTOWN — A heavily trafficked underpass near the Metra Clybourn station, the Kennedy Expressway and the eastern end of The 606 could be getting a makeover as part of a 'Master Plan' for Wicker Park and Bucktown, organizers say.

The Wicker Park Bucktown Taxpayer No. 33 District launched an online poll to get feedback on the designs for the underpass in the 1600 block of West Cortland Street, at Ashland Avenue.

Share your thoughts and design picks here.

According to the survey,  the underpass "serves as a major gateway into the neighborhood for a multitude of users — drivers, cyclists, pedestrians… and thousands of transit users daily via the Clybourn Metra Station and CTA buses."

Currently there is no concrete plan to enhance the underpass.

The makeover survey is part of the Wicker Park Bucktown "Master Plan," which is exploring improving the underpass as a potential future project.

The survey asks, "What are your thoughts…How would you like to see this gateway node improved?"

The volunteer-led group recently hired a team of consultants to update its 2009 Master Plan.

Proposing a long-term vision for the area, the 2009 Master Plan identified "neighborhood values," such as "drive less, bike more, buy local, go green, inhabit the sidewalks, indulge in urban eye candy, honor the past, welcome a progressive future, and do so as a unified community," according to planners.

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