As I have been studying the site and walking down the streets (via Google street view), I have noticed that there are very few/barely any bus shelters at the bus stops in the impact area. In addition, the ones that I did see looked old and not very ADA friendly.
The idea that came to my mind was the design and implement bus shelters along Michigan Ave in the impact area. Bus shelters can be inviting places where people are welcomed to meet and gather, in addition to waiting for a transportation options. The can be recognizable landmarks within a neighborhood to help residents orient themselves and navigate around.
The intent of these bus shelters would be to serve as sheltered spaces for commuters to wait for the bus but also as placemaking/landmarks for the neighborhoods. This design solution would be in collaboration with members of the community and assistance from local design firms in the area. With the community input in the design and ideation phases, each of these shelters would take on a different identity that corresponds to the community that it is in.
In addition, to creating distinct landmarks for the neighborhoods, new and improved methods of wayfinding could be embedded in these structures to help new residents and visitors find their way around. Improved signage, wayfinding graphics, and schedules can be included in the shelters to serve all the functional needs of the residents. So residents and visitors wait for transit options they would have a safe and functional place to wait.
This solution can be piloted for one neighborhood and if it is successful can be scaled into other neighborhoods.