Little Village Pocket Parks

Trumbull & 26th Street Community Design Workshop
March 8, 2010, 1:28 pm
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Last Wednesday March 3, 2010, the initial community design workshop for the Pocket Park located at Trumbull Avenue near 26th Street in Little Village took place at Madero School.

Pocket Park site neighbors gathered and brainstormed ideas for positive visions of park designs and programs.

Ideas were presented and discussed.

Archeworks students students will create designs based on the design workshop. These designs will be presented back to the community and park neighbors on March 24. Please check back for time and location.

Operators of Public Space
February 26, 2010, 10:32 am
Filed under: precedents

A feel-good story about a park-deficient neighborhood of LavapiĆ©s in Madrid, and the patient struggle of a local group known as “Operators of Public Space”, composed of neighbors, designers, and community organizations to turn a vacant lot into a community park.

The project’s energy came under plentiful stress as city government controlled the lot and any progressive utilization of its use without the council’s consent and participation. Operators of Public Space’s persistence and patience ultimately paid off; Its initial activation phase of capturing the space started by having scheduled weekly gatherings for communal breakfasts and discussions eventually moved from the sidewalk to the other side of the fence.

In addition to these congregations, simple suggestive signage stating “This is a Plaza” was introduced to in the vacant lot to provoke further discussions.

After the long battle, soil has now been delivered to the site for planting.

Please read the full story and follow the progress at

day of the dead at perez plaza
November 9, 2009, 2:33 pm
Filed under: EVENTS

the cool temperature on monday november 2nd didn’t keep close to one hundred spectators and participants from being part of the little village day of the dead communal altar, kite making, and drum dancing celebration at perez plaza.




for more photographs of the event, please visit: the flickr set

Worms Eat My Garbage
October 8, 2009, 2:01 pm
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“Worms Eat My Garbage” by Mary Appelhof is a complete and definitive vermicomposting guide. This entertaining manual sticks to solid science and acts as a vermicomposting encyclopedia useful for both veterans looking to maintain their bins and novices who are just learning about feeding kitchen scraps to worms that in turn create nutrient rich planting soil. The coverage, well illustrated, includes an explanation of the biology of worms; instructions on construction, materials, starting up, feeding, maintaining, locating, harvesting, and expanding your worm bin; a breakdown of benefits; and common questions answered. This book is simply the most prehensive worm composting instruction manual, including the seemingly endless internet options.

get this book at the local chicago public library or cheap (under $10) at amazon.

September 30, 2009, 9:18 am
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“A vision of a city that metabolizes its resources and waste to supply its inhabitants with all the nourishment they need and more.”

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Last week’s update.
September 29, 2009, 1:35 pm
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Last week, the Archeworks team along with Christina Bronsing from ENLACE began planning on possibilities in upcoming public cultural events in the neighborhood. Events mentioned, in chronological proximity, were the Little Village Arts Fest ’09, a Pocket Parks Workday, Halloween Celebrations, and Dia De Los Santos & Day of the Dead Observations. A possibility in an Archework’s more involved role in afterschool education programs will also be explored.

Team is currently working on display for an Arts Fest exhibit.

News about ENLACE’s recent acquiring of a US Forest Service Monarch Butterfly grant of $6,000 have sparked ideas on introduction of a Monarch attracting Milkweed planting into the program of the Pocket Parks.

In other Pocket Parks process news, the Trumbull & 26th site application to Neighborspace has been approved.

Workday ideas include winterizing the existing gardens, planting bulbs, message board installations and maintenance, seed give-aways, and possible arts/craft activities.

honey co-op 001
September 28, 2009, 10:47 am
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a tour of the chicago honey co-op reveals urban techniques for urban beekeeping and honey harvesting as well as job training for people recently out of jail, all in the old sears roebuck campus.

urban beekeeping

expert beekeper michael showing and telling

this complex also includes an urban farm full of experimental growing techniques such as vegetables growing on concrete.

concrete vegetable growing

bee pool to provide much needed water to the bees. used wine corks prevent overindulging and drowning.

bee pool

for more information, visit