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Capping the Expressway Trench

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Boy, parks are really in the news today. This one, reviewed by Blair Kamin of the Tribune, is a visionary weave of "land bridges" built to cover the expressway trench on the western edge of The Loop. Stretching from the Eisenhower north to Hubbard, the design by Ralph Johnson and Todd Snapp of Perkins + Will, has been around for several years, but it got a recent plug from the Chicago Architecture Foundation's "Invisible City: Planning for Chicago's Future" exhibit. Prohibitively expensive, expect the city to stand behind its dull existing plan to cap just one block of the expanse with park. [Trib]