April 20, 2010
Chicago's Central Area Action Plan
Over the past decade, the central six square miles of Chicago have undergone a dramatic transformation with unprecedented growth in both the residential and educational sectors as well as the construction of new public facilities and museums (most notably the opening of Millennium Park and the modern wing of the Art Institute on the north side of Grant Park).
The 2003 Central Area Plan provided a broad framework for new infrastructure and open space projects as well as a basis for Zoning Reform in 2004, and the 2009 Central Area Action Plan builds on this framework. The public projects are prioritized and quantified and growth projections updated to reflect current market conditions.
The CAAP takes as a given that the majority of new construction will be by the private sector, but that key public improvements will facilitate this investment and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives, works, or plays in the core of this world city.
In this program, Benet Haller from the City of Chicago presented this plan and discussed the impact of the global economy and other factors on the final recommendations.
About the Speaker
Benet Haller is Director of Urban Design and Planning for the Chicago Department of Zoning and Planning. He was the project manager for both the 2003 and 2009 Plans. He has degrees in Urban Planning and Policy, Architecture and History and has lived more than half his life within the City of Chicago.