The regeneration of Cermak Road includes new sidewalks with permanent wind/solar
powered pedestrian lights (Image: CDOT)

America’s “greenest street” provides a blueprint for sustainable urban development

By Donna Taylor
January 7, 2013

A streetscape that includes natural landscaping, bicycle lanes, wind powered lighting, storm water diversion for irrigation, drought-resistant native plants and innovative “smog-eating” concrete has earned Cermak road in Chicago the title of “greenest Street in America” according to the Chicago Department of Transport (CDOT).

Opened in October 2012, the first phase two mile stretch is part of the Blue Island/Cermak Sustainable Streetscape project in Pilsen, which was introduced in 2009 with the aim of reducing overall energy usage by 42 percent.

Read more: America's "greenest street" provides a blueprint for sustainable urban development — gizmag.

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