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Nikole Gramm

We want more parks and functional green space in the West Loop in Chicago.

Chicago's motto "Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden) was established in 1837. Chicago has a rich horticultural history—let’s continue it!

There are many unused and unattractive cement lots in the West Loop. A few of the larger green spaces are simply landscaping and off limits for use.

Benefits of green space in a city include:

+ Community space to gather, play, and relax.

+ Ability to grow food.

+ Cleaner air.

+ Cooler temperatures in the summer.

+ Permeable surfaces lead to more rainwater absorption, less runoff and pollution.

+ Water retention. Water absorbed by the ground is filtered naturally and returned to our aquifers.

+ A stronger connection to nature which ideally leads to greener habits.

Let's bring pride back to our motto and create a healthier neighborhood!

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Gabriela Naveda
Liz Cook
Tom K.


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Gabriela Naveda

This is Garbriela Naveda, Community Greening Associate, from Openlands. Has any investigation gone into who owns the lots? Has Neighborspace been contacted? Please feel free to contact me at and please see

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Posted Apr 29, 2014
May 3, 2014

Thanks for the resources Gabriela!

Posted by Dan on May 3, 2014
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