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The dreamy schemes for capping the Kennedy downtown have always been fun to visit and revisit, again and again. But now, there's good cause to believe that fleeting fun will crystalize into action. The Sun-Times is reporting that Steven Fifield, a major player in the build-up of the West Loop, has thrown his heft behind a cap design for the three blocks between Washington and Adams (with a possible extension to Jackson). He's teamed with architect Scott Sarver of SMDP Studio to bring the concept to light. Like most of the ideas stemming from the city's Central Area Plan in 2003, much of the reclaimed space will consist of park and amenities— areas where the West Loop has a deficit. Want more visuals? The Sun-Times has 'em. [Sun-Times, previously]