Gallery: CHIGAGO’S NEXT LEAD: The Green Alley Project


photo J. Crocker

Chicago Mayor Richard Daly, who has already sent a successful wave of green roofs over the Windy City, has turned his sights towards his next environmental challenge: greening the city’s alleys. Some 1,900 miles of alleyways that cover over 3,500 acres of city land with paved, impermeable surfaces will become the focus of the Green Alley Project with designs and improvements to help manage stormwater, reduce urban heat island effect, promote recycling and conserve energy.

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  1. paul urbanas December 23, 2007 at 10:29 am

    2.5M sq ft of green roofs + Lots of good steps = keep going!

    “The city is encouraging residents to contribute to the health of the urban ecosystem by implementing best management practices like using native landscaping, building raingardens, installing rain barrels, composting and, no surprise, considering green roofs.”

    Judging form that second picture “encouraging” replaced with “mandating” would be a more responsible act.

    PS: is that one of those eco-friendly implied speed bumps in the first pic?

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