CHICAGO (CBS) — Some residents in Lakeview have launched a petition drive to do away with the new Lincoln Hub, a so-called “placemaking” installation at the six-corner intersection of Lincoln, Southport, and Wellington avenues.
On every corner of the intersection, large green and blue polka dots have been painted on the streets and sidewalks – inspiring the nickname Polka Dot Park.
The Lincoln Hub was designed partly as a way to slow traffic through the intersection, and partly as a public art project intended to create a memorable focal point that gives pedestrians more space, and room for seating and landscaping.
“From a visual perspective… creating ‘POLKA DOT PARK’ as it is being referred to in our neighborhood… is an expensive eyesore that has no place in our neighborhood,” the petition’s authors wrote. “Residents/business owners and affected individuals on the surrounding streets demand that the data about the traffic flow and plans for how exactly this is supposed to help us during non-summer months was thought through.”