LAKESHORE CITY: A PROPOSAL FOR SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
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After the collapse of the steel industry, the US Steel South Works plant left behind a vacant 600-acre area of lakefront land and thousands of unemployed workers that had inhabited the adjacent neighborhood of South Chicago. This thesis proposes the revitalization of this abandoned area through the development of a new community called Lakeshore City. The design of the new city is informed by the social and economic issues that have kept South Chicago in a poor condition since the closing of the mill and it is based on the solutions to those issues. Through adding diversified program, enhancing connectivity, and encouraging human interaction, Lakeshore City attempts to create a contemporary and socially sustainable living environment that can bring new prosperity to its surrounding neighborhood.