Sidewalks, Streets, and Parking Lots
Abiola Sagbohan documents novel uses of public space in Chicago.
Shifting Ground was an open call for visual reports about how the events of 2020 and 2021 reconfigured our relationship with both public and private space. Select entries were posted on the League’s Instagram account.
Abiola Sagbohan submitted thoughts on public space during the pandemic.
The pandemic has led to new individual and collective experiences that have been developed in response to confinement and restricted access to indoor settings. To create opportunities for social engagement, exercise, business, and entertainment, people have informally occupied spaces such as sidewalks, streets, and parking lots. These adaptations have exposed the potential for public use of spaces beyond traditional squares and parks. When the pandemic subsides, can we continue to capitalize on these new uses of space?