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City of Chicago Zoning Ordinance- Pedestrian Streets

Date: 2004

Client: City of Chicago

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Farr Associates was part of a consultant team selected to overhaul the 1957 Chicago Zoning Ordinance. Based on Farr Associates’ recommendations, the commercial zoning code was revised to include new design-driven zoning provisions to preserve commercial character on 26 designated pedestrian-oriented commercial streets. Known in the zoning ordinance as “P” Streets, regulations encourage continuous streetwalls, high levels of window transparency, and entrances to shops at sidewalks. Any associated parking must be located behind buildings and unnecessary curb cuts, such as drive-thrus, are prohibited to foster an enjoyable pedestrian environment.