Chicago Loop Alliance and the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation hosted their 16th Annual Meeting on Tuesday. During the virtual event, the organization’s 2020 Annual Report was unveiled in a new digital format.
Keynote presenter Diane Wehrle of U.K.-based Springboard joined Alliance president and CEO Michael Edwards in conversation about State Street’s pedestrian activity.
Viewers got a first look at the organization’s potential 2021 programs, including an ambitious open streets project that would see parts of State Street closed to vehicular traffic for up to 12 Sundays this summer.
“Last year was incredibly challenging for the Loop community, which relies so heavily on the 370,000 workers and millions of visitors it normally sees,” said Edwards. “This month, we noticed a 35% increase in pedestrian activity on State Street, which has really improved the atmosphere and energy downtown—we’re all starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
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Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).