Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pizza, Lovers and City Planning

I have written before of the importance of context in city design.  Chicago is a city, I think, where more than a little attention has been given to how buildings fit their surroundings.  Just look, for example, at the bridge houses along the Chicago River and note how the majority of them are influenced by (or influence) the design of the adjacent buildings.

If you actively seek out these sorts of relationships, you will find them, sometimes in the most unexpected places.

Hard by the elevated station at Sheffield and Diversey, you will find one of these little pieces of urban harmony.  Lover’s Lane at 955 West Diversey cuddles up to Naked Pizza just to the east at 953 West Diversey.  Someone who is hungry can snap up a nifty little black garter belt ensemble while waiting for the pizza to pop out of the oven next door.

Context.  So important.

953 and 955 West Diversey (JWB Photo)

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