Project literally draws a picture of what the future would look like in four different areas of the Chicago-area region, depending on how growth occurs. The Visions Project marks the Chicago-area debut of a planning technique pioneered by Dodson Associates, a Massachusetts-based landscape architecture firm. The technique involves the creation of drawings that depict the development styles typically associated with various land-use decisions. As a result, people can foresee how the landscape they will inhabit in the future is shaped by the policies they adopt today. Visions was launched in three semirural locations of the metropolitan area where formidable development pressures loom: Will County (the Village of New Lenox) to the south; unincorporated Kane County to the west; Lake County (Fremont Township) to the north; Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood which seeks the kind of economic recovery that has already transformed the near West Side.
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