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City unveils boathouse plan for Bridgeport

City unveils boathouse plan for Bridgeport

The architecture world applauded when Mayor Rahm Emanuel dedicated a striking, Jeanne Gang-designed boathouse on Chicago's North Side last year. But the project raised a troubling social equity question: When would the mayor make good on his promise to open a comparable facility on the less affluent South Side? Now we have the answer: By the summer of 2016, if all goes well. City officials are trumpeting plans to build a $5.7 million boathouse in Bridgeport. The 19,003-square-foot facility will consist of a large building for storing rowing shells as well as a separate, smaller field house with workout spaces for rowers. The project also will include a floating boat launch dock in the...