Streetscaping spruces up 79th Street

A wealth of infrastructure upgrades and decorative elements are being made on West 79th Street in Auburn Gresham thanks to the City of Chicago's Department of Transportation.

The stretch of 79th Street from Halsted to Wallace streets has or will receive decorative light fixtures, new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, accessibility ramps, new trees, community identifiers on the sidewalks and light poles, special concrete scoring at the corners, decorative trash receptacles, and some landscaped areas with automatic irrigation systems and ornamental fencing.

The city completed the stretch from Halsted to Racine in 2004, should finish Racine through Ashland by December 2005, and continue from Ashland to Wallace, completing the three-phase project — contained in Auburn-Gresham's NCP Quality of Life Plan — in 2006.

Greater Auburn-Gresham Community Development Corp. looks forward to these improvements promoting additional economic development and leveraging private investment that further benefits our community.

Chicago city streets play an important role in the vitality and character of our neighborhoods and commercial areas, connecting citizens with goods and services and linking individual neighborhoods to one another.