Can a new 'L' construction project turn a dark Woodlawn intersection into a bright spot?

Can a new 'L' construction project turn a dark Woodlawn intersection into a bright spot?

The space under the “L” station at 63rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue has that battlefield vibe — noisy, dark, gritty and claustrophobic. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)

By Mary Wisniewski | Contact Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Orginally Published on 2/5/2018 by Chicago Tribune

Novelist Nelson Algren wrote that “Every day is D-Day under the ‘L.’ ”

The space under the “L” station at 63rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue has that battlefield vibe — noisy, dark, gritty and claustrophobic.

But community planners, developers, the city and the CTA are working on changing the feel of the Woodlawn intersection through new construction that will open it up to more sunlight, and make street and “L” station design changes to add light and improve safety. The idea is to make the Green Line terminal more of a neighborhood bright spot.

“There’s not a lot of crime that happens under there, but there is the appearance of it,” said LaShunda Gonzalez, Choice Neighborhoods Director for the Preservation of Affordable Housing, or POAH, a Boston-based affordable housing nonprofit organization which is putting up new buildings on the corner. “It’s very dark. ... The staircase and walkways are littered.”

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