There is a civic group called the Active Transportation Alliance that wants to create car-free zones and ban cars and traffic on certain popular Chicago streets to make communities more attractive to live and shop as well as improving health by increasing the number of people that walk or bike as well as decreasing car accidents. This car free zone will enable the city to add attractive landscaping, businesses and cafes to extend outdoor seating and make it easier for the neighborhoods to throw special events on weekends or evenings and create a pedestrian friendly social environment. This might make the neighborhoods even more enjoyable to those who rent Chicago apartments in the area or just wish to visit and explore the areas offerings.
Some of the streets they have suggested are:
- North Michigan Avenue (The Magnificent Mile),
- Monroe Street between Michigan Avenue and Lake shore Drive,
- Parts of Rush street and Oak street in the Gold Coast,
- All of Broadway in the Lakeview neighborhood between Belmont and Diversey,
- Parts of Milwaukee avenue in Wicker Park,
- 47th street in Bronzeville,
- parts of East 53rd in Hyde Park,
- parts of Clark street in Andersonville
and a few others as well.
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