As one of his last official acts, now-former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Ald. James Cappleman ( 46th Ward ) and the Chicago Department of Transportation ( CDOT ) for the ribbon-cutting of the Broadway Streetscape Project, marking a major milestone in the revitalization and rebirth of the Uptown Entertainment District.
The ribbon cutting took place in a new pedestrian plaza at Broadway Street and Racine Avenue in front of the Riviera Theater. The plaza features a large sculpture of a color wheel, reflecting the diversity of the community.
Public transit in Uptown will be enhanced by the planned renovations of the Lawrence and Argyle CTA stations, part of a $2.1 billion initiative to expand the North Side capacity of the CTA's Red and Purple lines.