Green Maps of Chicago Neighborhoods

Green Maps of Chicago Neighborhoods

Heather Blaha
May 22, 2007

Speaking of maps, we read today on A Fresh Squeeze about Green Maps, a local art project with students from The Art Institute revolving around all things green in Chicago:

The Greenmap Project is a Liberal Arts course offered three times a year for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in urban issues, sustainability and map making.

Each semester a group of students choose one of Chicago's 90+ neighborhoods that is accessible by public transportation, and proceed to locate all sites in the commercial, residential and industrial realm that promote sustainable living choices...

Every single street in the neighborhood is inspected to assure record of all possible sites. Upon completion of the physical inspection of the neighborhood, students return to the classroom and design a neighborhood map.

Check out the Rogers Park map (below) for one example of how this project (with results viewed online and available for downloading) works. Lists of a neighborhood's green resources are noted alongside a marked map of each resource's location:

Thanks, AIC and A Fresh Squeeze for promoting such an innovative project and resource!

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