“Make no small plans” was the mantra of the great Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. Danville and its institutions should take this approach when considering the transition occurring on KSD’s campus. The tens of undeveloped acres shouldn’t be sold piece-meal.
KSD presents a place for Danville to grow a dense urban corridor that could be designed as a community within a community, similar to the Lexington community at the interchange of U.S. 68 and New Circle Road. Woven into the fabric of KSD’s community could be educational facilities for all ages, housing opportunities for all incomes, green space via the Clark’s Run walking trail project, pedestrian convenience for downtown and road access on Second Street and Stanford Road.
This past summer, I had the opportunity to learn more about planning and the fascinating history of Chicago by interning at The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). Redevelopment projects occurring in Chicago were often just larger versions of three Danville partners revitalizing a downtown building now housing a coffee shop/Subway and apartments upstairs. Or a community project for the arts really wasn’t any greater than what Danville is doing with the Community Arts Center. Walking through south-side Chicago to complete a project on how to bring grocery stores and businesses to underserved inner-city neighborhoods, I realized that the same force of urban sprawl has caused Danville to not have a grocery store downtown.