The first permanent school, a four-room brick building known as the “Little Red Schoolhouse” was constructed near the intersection of Milwaukee and Diversey Avenues and remained in use until 1914. Avondale School followed in 1884, Brentano in 1893, Darwin in 1900 and Monroe in 1905.
PLANTING. The vision is a restored tree canopy lining our historic boulevards, with healthy and engaging green spaces for all to enjoy. The first planting will happen Fall 2014, in partnership with Openlands and Logan Square residents, when ~30 trees will be planted on Humboldt Blvd between Armitage and Shakespeare. The long-term objective is continued tree planting along different stretches of the boulevard, ideally every spring and fall, depending on available funding. The species of trees to be planted will be decided on together by tree experts from Openlands and Logan Square neighbors, so if you want to be involved email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAINTENANCE. We held our kick-off event, the Humboldt Blvd Tree Care Day, on Sat July 26. This event was co-hosted by Openlands and local TreeKeepers, and over 30 volunteers, including Alderman Waguespack, helped spread mulch delivered by the Bureau of Forestry, around trees on Humboldt Blvd between Armitage and Dickens. You can check out Openlands Facebook page, Logan Square Preservation’s Facebook page, or a recent video blog on LoganSquareTV for details. We plan on holding these events every Spring and Fall, so if want to be involved email: email@example.com.
PLANNING. We will conduct an inventory of all the trees within Logan Square's Historic Boulevard District (see map for boundaries of Logan Square Historic District). The inventory will include approximately 2,198 trees, using a field survey to assess species, DBH, ~height, condition, geo-coordinates, and all the data will be entered into a GIS database. Analyzing the data, we will determine which trees are healthy, which need to be removed (e.g. all the Ash trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer), and then develop a re-planting plan based on the areas of greatest need and strongest neighborhood support for continued maintenance. We will also work with Northeastern University to design and conduct a survey of people who use the boulevards to determine attitudes, values, counts, etc. The survey information will be used to develop targeted messaging for outreach materials, and determine user needs.
Logan Square Preservation and our partners meet periodically to discuss tree planning, planting and maintenance. If you'd like to sign-up to learn more and get involved, please contact Angela Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're officially unveiling our initiative to restore the "Cattail" streetlights, attributed to the famous landscape architect Jens Jensen, to the boulevards.