Chicago Marathon: A Different Perspective on Urban Exploration
By: Greg Murphy, Landscape Architect, ELM
On October 12th, my wife
One of the great pleasures of racing is seeing the transformation of city streets into mass pedestrian corridors. Replacing the noise and visual distraction of automobiles with rhythmic footsteps and cheering spectators creates the urban celebration that creates livable and desirable cities. Sure, traffic is probably snarled elsewhere in the city, but for one brief morning, the streets are alive with a human experience.
Great cities recognize this, and despite the logistical challenges, welcome programmed events and embrace their crowds. Chicago has it figured out. Yes, past years have seen a few organizational mistakes, but this year’s race was executed with precision. Moving 45,000 runners through security