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A River Front Vision

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Way way back in January we created the concept of a river front community featuring walkable districts, canals, shops, entertainment, and mid rise apartment/condos. The river front property which is just commonly known as "public works island" was the ground zero for this development. At that time I did some renderings, but the idea kind of just fizzled, ironic though. Very friggin preliminary. I revisited those same concepts that we cooked up then, but just foofoo'd them up. :rolleyes: But the original concept is there.

GaryP and I had the canals, Dad drove the idea of condos/apartments over the canals and a few others had the idea of having shops/entertainment along the canals to create a walkable community. A must was boardwalks along the river to lend some interaction with the river, and as Dad wanted a bridge connecting The Island.

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Way way back in January we created the concept of a river front community featuring walkable districts, canals, shops, entertainment, and mid rise apartment/condos. The river front property which is just commonly known as "public works island" was the ground zero for this development. At that time I did some renderings, but the idea kind of just fizzled, ironic though. Very friggin preliminary. I revisited those same concepts that we cooked up then, but just foofoo'd them up. :rolleyes: But the original concept is there.

GaryP and I had the canals, Dad drove the idea of condos/apartments over the canals and a few others had the idea of having shops/entertainment along the canals to create a walkable community. A must was boardwalks along the river to lend some interaction with the river, and as Dad wanted a bridge connecting The Island.

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Uh.. don't we already have this thread started by Jeff yesterday?

http://www.urbanplanet.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=23766

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I asked Rizzo to start a new one as to not take away from civitas concept :thumbsup:

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Rizzo, GaryP and GRDad:

Very nice! I love the renderings. Now you just need the funding :P

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No kidding. :P Here is the original (rough) site plan of the city island.

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The condos over the canals are stepped back to maintain the best views looking North toward downtown.

Nice stadium Rizzo :thumbsup:

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Thank you sir. MLB with NCAA recomendations for home plate facing North east maximizing suntime exposure and views of our fair city.

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Nice job, Rizzo! I love it. You know, I was just driving in that area the other day. I would hope that whatever happens down there would keep some of the cool buildings and incorporate them into the development. That Horseshoe Bar, terrafirma's buildings, Custer's is cool, too. Most of the sheet metal factories (and strip club) could be bulldozed, but I would hope that some of the great older buildings could be used or left the way the are so it all doesn't look like Disney World or some lifestyle center and looks more like a "real" city.

I think it's great that we can all throw out ideas for this land (and have been long before "Project X"). Who knows who may come here and check out our ideas as they plan. (and by they, I mean anyone who will turn in a proposal on May 19 - if only we had the funding!)

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By the way, I think Chicago would like their Marina Tower (corncob) buildings back!!

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^ Yah I added the towers for some texture :) It's also partly a personal tribute

Some impact studies on the neighborhood skyline:

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Awesome. That's a pretty impressive skyline with "West Heartside" added to the mix. :thumbsup:

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Our city would seem so much bigger and better if something like that was added... However, it's probably not a good idea to get our hopes up...

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Great Job with the skylines Rizzo :thumbsup:

Now we just need a few higher buildings on the North side of the S-curve to connect the two centers... :D

^ Yah I added the towers for some texture :) It's also partly a personal tribute

Some impact studies on the neighborhood skyline:

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That's where the W. Fulton & Market Lot comes in :)

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I like some of the things that are happening it this design and seeing it in context with the surroundings helped alot. I was trying to figure out just how large these buildings were yesterday (BTW, about how many floors does that tallest tower have?).

Also, Rizzo, can you show a view of the entire skyline from across the river somewhere from roughly ground level?

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^The tallest is a good 50 stories. Later Monday or Tuesday I'll get a few from the Westside at street level.

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I may be mistaken but do i not see the proposed lyon and ottawa tower in there and a mystery tower (alticor HQ) across from rad. :shades:

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Love the Canal idea. A nod to the past and a great way to build a "riverfront" entertainment district. :thumbsup:

Joe

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Love the Canal idea. A nod to the past and a great way to build a "riverfront" entertainment district. :thumbsup:

Joe

The best thing it's been proven sucessful in places like San Antonio. The river walk there is awesome in my opinion, really encourages pedestrian traffic and promotes window shopping.

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I also like the canal. I think I personally would take that idea and try to fuse it together with the other rendering someone posted here with the semi-circle marina. It could be like a mini Chicago River, for example, in setup.

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I like some of the things that are happening it this design and seeing it in context with the surroundings helped alot. I was trying to figure out just how large these buildings were yesterday (BTW, about how many floors does that tallest tower have?).

Also, Rizzo, can you show a view of the entire skyline from across the river somewhere from roughly ground level?

Pano between Winter and Summer just north of Lake Michigan.

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Pano from streetlevel near Winter & Douglas

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where did you get the main background image... or starting image to make that??

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