Marion Street, Oak ParkWhat is the long-term value of investing in high-quality public spaces? And what impact do public infrastructure improvements have on private investment and placemaking?

Daniel Grove, associate principal at The Lakota Group, and Scott Freres, principal/president, will be giving a tour of historic Marion Street in Oak Park for the National American Planning Association Conference being held in Chicago from April 13-17. Daniel and Scott will talk about how Lakota’s streetscape design, which incorporated a rich variety of materials and flexible outdoor gathering spaces, resulted in attracting new tenants, spurred private investment in new buildings and reinvigorated the local economy.

Daniel and Scott will be joined by Loretta Daly, Village of Oak Park, and Craig M. Failor, Oak Park village planner. Pictures to come!