They're in the Loop

Schwieterman, Joseph
December 2006
Planning;Dec2006, Vol. 72 Issue 11, p16
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the construction of new buildings at the so-called Loop in Chicago, Illinois. The infrastructures will be devoted to condominiums or hotel rooms, or a combination of two. Interest in residential space is strong near downtown waterways and open spaces. The emergence of downtown housing and residential projects were encouraged by a new zoning ordinance adopted by the city in 2004. Under the 2004 ruling, any downtown residential building taller than 440 feet had to be set up as a planned development. The impact of the ordinance and the advantages as well as challenges resulting from high-rise development are discussed.


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