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The Last 4 Miles: Symposium at Loyola

Posted on September 03, 2009

The Crown Center Gallery kicks off the 2009-2010 season with an exhibition exploring a local issue especially relevant to the Loyola community, The Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago’s Lakefront Parks presented in association with Friends of the Parks. As urban planner Daniel Burnham famously stated in the 1909 Plan of Chicago, “The lakefront by right belongs to the people - not a foot of its shores should be appropriated to the exclusion of the people.”  Friends of the Parks is a 34 year old park advocacy organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and improving Chicago’s parks and preserves for all citizens.  Motivated by the centennial of the Burnham Plan of 1909, Friends of the Parks proposes completing the last four miles of Chicago’s existing 26 mile public lakeshore park system.  The exhibition will feature the results of a community-based planning effort to complete the lakefront path from the Indiana boundary on the south to the Evanston-Chicago border.  The plans include two miles of lakefront on the north where Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus is situated.  Loyola supports the process of community organizing and is excited by this opportunity to host an exhibition that encourages interaction and feedback on a development issue that would impact the Loyola and Rogers Park communities.

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