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Everything Old is New Again by Miriam Plavin-Masterman

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CHAPTER 3

Friends of the 606: Building a Coalition to Build the Park

The 606 is currently the longest elevated greenway in the United States, a nearly three-mile long (12 acre), linear urban park. It is slightly more than 30 feet wide for most of its length, rising approximately 15 feet above the street level. The 606 includes the former Bloomingdale Line, an elevated railroad right-of-way on Chicago’s northwest side comprised of reinforced concrete retaining walls, soil, and 37 bridges where it crosses other roads. The greenway cuts across dense residential neighborhoods (home to almost 250,000 residents), a light manufacturing district, major commercial streets, a rapid transit line, an eight-lane interstate highway, and a river.

The 606 runs ...

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