The primary mission of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) streetscape and urban design program is to promote economic and social development through renovating and improving the quality of the City’s streetscapes. For a streetscape to be successful in the long term, it must integrate the functional needs of moving cars, trucks, busses, bicycles, and pedestrians while creating a sense of continuity, safety, human scale, and a fresh identity for the community. Additionally, the streetscape must create an environment that reflects the views and character desired by the citizens who live, work or play there. This mission is accomplished through a community process that takes a neighborhood or community vision for a corridor or district and makes it a reality through proper planning, design, and construction.
The 71st Street Master Plan Study, published in January 2006, was developed by the consultant team of Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer and Associates, Inc., Regina Webster and Associates, Inc., and Rheo Group, P.C. in coordination with CDOT, Division of Project Development. Through many meetings and discussions, the consultant team and City Staff worked together to create this study that analyzes the critical issues within the corridor and provides a plan for the future.