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” are part of the Chicago Department of Transportation's “Make Way for People
” program, designed to “creative public spaces that cultivate community and culture in Chicago's neighborhoods through placemaking.” The first installation
, last year along the 2,900 block of North Lincoln, was a fairly conservative affair, a deck spreading from the curb along several parking spots offering a cafe-like seating area of green chairs and tables, demarcated from the street by a series of planters.
The new People Spot is a bit more radical, a sculpted, continuous bench taking over several parking spots along the 3500 of North Southport. According to a report by Serena Dal
of DNAinfo Chicago, both People Spots are the work by dSpace Studio
, with a total project cost for Southport around $75,000. It appears to be especially popular with kids, more adventurous than older coffee sippers.
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