The Campaign for a Free and Clear Lakefront is a grassroots coalition to remove Lakeshore Drive from Grant Park, and eventually the entire Chicago shoreline.

Ode to the Jackhammer

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The Chicago Journal covers our Tour de Depaving 2006!


The first stop was Talcott School at Ohio and Wood, where Burton’s wife, Gin Kilgore, explained that the now grassy area with a winding asphalt path had once been nothing but a teacher’s parking lot. Nodding to kids playing soccer, Burton noted that de-paving also "creates community."

"This used to be abandoned after teachers drove home," Burton said of the Talcott lot. When the riders reached Mitchell School, where Kilgore is a teacher, the dichotomy was made complete. The empty, asphalt-coated parking lot, had, as Burton duly noted, a Dresden-after-the-bombing feel.