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People Streets convert “excess” asphalt into year-round hardscape public spaces, by means of temporary measures such as paint and street furniture, with the purpose of creating safer intersections and additional open space in neighborhoods. People Streets are intended for dead end streets, cul-de-sacs, or areas of excess pavement. These areas are designated by the Department of Transportation in conjunction with a community partner to create community programming, encourage walkable communities and support economic development.
Chicago’s first People Street, in partnership with DePaul University, kicked off the first of a series of events on Friday, May 4, 2012. The 2300 block of North Kenmore Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic and parking from Tuesday, May 1, through Wednesday, May 30, 2012. During this temporary closure, DePaul University will host a series of community and family-friendly events, including “Pop-up Concerts” and “Kickin’ it on Kenmore”.
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