After years-long renovation, Perseverance Park earns its name (Editorial)

It’s taken six years of perseverance, but Perseverance Park is finally done, we happily note.

The public plaza in front of One Lincoln Center is now crisscrossed with concrete seating in abstract shapes, curved and tinted concrete underfoot, and mature trees and grassy plantings to soften all those hard edges.

It’s not as ambitious as the original vision for the spot — but it’s neat, inviting and, most importantly, finished.

Perseverance Park, running along South Salina Street between Fayette and Washington Streets, was the site of the Occupy Wall Street encampment in 2011. In 2012, it became a blank canvas in the heart of downtown when the Centro bus hub moved to its new location down the street.

In 2014, the Downtown Committee commissioned an art installation called “Flowscape” — a blue and white design painted on the ground — to spark public conversation about the future of the space.

In 2015, after issuing a request for proposals, former Mayor Stephanie Miner chose a redesign plan that included a huge piece of public art. That would have been cool — and expensive. The city could not raise $3 million, publicly or privately, to make it happen. Perseverance Park languished. “Flowscape” faded.

When Mayor Ben Walsh took office in 2018, he revived the project in a simpler form, covering the $500,000 cost with money left over from the Connective Corridor project and from the Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency, which owns the park. The project did not touch the northern quadrant, on the Washington Street side. City Hall hopes to attract a developer for that prime real estate.

The work was completed while many downtown office workers waited out the coronavirus pandemic from home. Until the weather turns, they’ll have a new outdoor spot to lunch, relax and socialize.

See? 2020 isn’t

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123 Remodeling Earns Better Business Bureau Accreditation

Chicago, IL, United States – Becoming an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau is an honor not accorded to all businesses; because not all companies meet eligibility standards. 123 Remodeling is pleased to announce today that it has met all BBB standards and is now an Accredited Business.

“Accreditation in the BBB is by invitation only,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “And only those businesses that meet our high standards and pass the review process are approved by our Board of Directors.”

As with all businesses that are Accredited by the BBB, 123 Remodeling has committed to the BBB Code of Business Practices.  The Code is a comprehensive set of policies, procedures, and best practices for treating consumers. These standards call for building trust, embodying integrity, advertising honestly, and being truthful. Bernas adds, “To maintain their Accreditation business must be transparent, honor their promises, be responsive to their customers, and safeguard their privacy.”

“We are proud to be a BBB Accredited Business,” said Ariel Darmoni, General Manage of 123 Remodeling. “In today’s unprecedented times, it is imperative that our customers know how seriously we take our commitment to excellence and good customer service. Our achieving BBB Accreditation exemplifies that goal.”

123 Remodeling offering consumers the award-winning kitchen and bathroom remodel services in Chicago, Evanston, and Northern Chicagoland area. “We desire to stay focused on what we do best: outstanding renovation projects and unsurpassed customer service,” said Ariel Darmoni.

For more information, contact:

Ariel Darmoni
+1 773-685-6095
[email protected]

About the Better Business Bureau:

As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation, and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims,

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