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Chicago - Urban Rivers

Chicago - Urban Rivers

Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. It’s rare to find refuge amongst the congestion of nearly 10 million Chicagoland residents.

Industrialization of the "Windy City" at the turn of the 20th century resulted in a thriving economy. But where people prospered, the local wildlife suffered; barge traffic and pollution of the river drove animals away and caused fish and plants to die off. At the same time, the pollution that came with industrialisation has made the Chicago River undesirable for the community: the river is dirty; it smells; it hosts minimal life. The founding members of Urban Rivers seek to solve a two-fold problem that pollution has created: how can we rehabilitate habitat in downtown Chicago while also allowing the community to enjoy nature in the city? Moreover, how can we drive a project that can be applied not only in Chicago, but in other urban rivers around the world?

http://www.urbanriv.org