Hitchcock Design Group
Green River Pattern Book; Chicago South Suburbs, Illinois

Client: South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association; Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation
Category: Planning & Analysis

The Calumet River Corridor is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and diverse regions in the Chicago metropolitan area. Located on the city's southside, adjacent to the Illinois-Indiana border and accessible by all major modes of transportation, historically the Corridor has been closely linked with heavy industry. This transformation of the region has had profound impacts on the landscape. In the past two hundred years, the Corridor evolved from a configuration of slow-moving marshes to a system of navigable waterways that connect Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River. With the decline of much of the area's heavy industry, it is now home to a complex network of communities whose vacant land and brownfield sites provide opportunities for redevelopment that would benefit from the Corridor's strategic regional location and physical assets.

In an effort to capitalize on the current sustainable marketplace in order to attract economic development, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) and the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation (CSEDC) engaged the landscape architect to study the Corridor, propose redevelopment strategies, and create the Green River Pattern Book to illustrate environmentally sustainable design and development best practices. Crafted with a clear and transferable message, the book is a tool to educate, guide and inspire sustainable industrial, commercial, residential, and mixed-use urban places that improve the quality of life for residents and bring economic opportunity to the Corridor. The book is intended to help residents, stakeholders, and decision makers; and municipalities are encouraged to use the book as a reference as they review, revise, and implement new zoning and development ordinances that support sustainable development in their communities.