Reviving Hammond into a vibrant, thriving hub of activity
Once among the largest cities in the state and the inspiration for the film A Christmas Story, Hammond’s downtown was now mostly empty with few residents and almost no viable retail. However, with the announcement of new commuter rail service to Chicago and the emergence of a surprisingly robust housing market, the City of Hammond saw the opportunity to jumpstart its downtown revitalization with a new master plan. They engaged our Urban Places team, along with Speck & Associates, to help.
The plan aims to retrofit Hammond’s downtown core into a walkable neighborhood. This includes public realm interventions along with real estate rehabilitation and redevelopment. The inclusion of a dramatically improved multi-modal network will help leverage future transit service and existing regional bike corridors.
Through this revitalization, the City has created a reinvigorated sense of community pride and is quickly moving to implement the master plan. By properly locating its new train station, taking advantage of housing demand, calming high-speed streets, and creating well-shaped public spaces, residents have hope that Hammond will reclaim its civic and commercial heart.
At a Glance
- City of Hammond, Indiana
- Speck & Associates
- Congress for the New Urbanism, Merit Award 2023
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