cityLab is a summer workshop that studied pedestrian behavior at Parkside of Old Town, the former Cabrini-Green public housing site in Chicago. Through a series of neighborhood and building analyses, the student interns examined: public vs. private spaces; retail and work space; recreation and green spaces; and intersections. For six weeks, they observed and surveyed the site, interviewed residents, and visited other locations around the city to better understand pedestrian behavior and how we might support and direct it. Ultimately, the goal was to identify the needs of Parkside residents, inform the design of a successful redevelopment, and, in the process, empower our students with the knowledge and skills for positively changing the places where they live.

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