East 39th Street Commercial Corridor Plan by Chris Devins


Street Commercial Corridor Plan is a comprehensive commercial real estate development plan that envisions the future of the East 39th Street Commercial
Corridor and the surrounding 2 mile trade area in Chicago, based on current demographic, real estate market, zoning, land use, political and commercial business data. For more visit Chris Devins Creative on the web. https;//chrisdevinscreative.com


Overall, the physical condition of the East 39th street streetscape is sound, with concrete sidewalks on both

sides of the street, adequate lighting even some freshly paved streets. However, because of the many vacant

lots and general deterioration of some of the buildings along the corridor, the pedestrian experience is

poor at best. The sidewalks along East 39th Street are in general disrepair, with many hazardous curb cuts

that lead to parking for businesses that were shuttered long ago. Also, the corridor lacks an identity. There

is a sense that in a rush to tear down the Ida B Wells/Madden park complex and relocate its residents, part

of the corridors history and therefore its identity was erased. The New Urbanist structures of the 94-acre

Oakwood Shores development that have replaced the “projects” have a generic, cookie-cutter feel. This,

along with the street’s other problems, contributes to an absence of a real sense of place, of an identity that

would motivate neighborhood stakeholders and residents to stop and shop or dine there. The future of East

39th street involves a reversal of this loss of identity and a reconnection with the street’s history. Similarly,

a general plan to improve the function, safety and appearance of the corridor would create a sense of order

and place and motivate local residents and commuters to visit East 39th street. The city has well known regulatory

techniques that it applies elsewhere but planners seem to have forgotten East 39th Street. Elements

of a well-integrated streetscape include gateways and plazas, attractive landscaping, lighting for both cars

and pedestrians, public art, murals, enhanced paving, and branded signage. These enhancements must be

made in a way that fits the needs of business owners, kids on their way to and from school, active adults and

retirees and passing commuters. To the east of Langley, substantial improvements have been made to the

streetscape including roadway plantings and open park space.