Build an urban sequel to A Christmas Story


CATEGORY: Speck

When I was sick with a bad cough in December, I watched A Christmas Story for the first time, and I laughed so hard that I could barely catch a breath for two hours. The story is based in the Rust Belt city of Hammond, Indiana, a satellite city of Chicago that has fallen on very hard times since the …

Nine keys to safe downtown streets


CATEGORY: Speck

Street life is dramatically impacted by the speed of vehicles. Whether they know it or not, most pedestrians understand in their bones that a person hit by a car going 35 mph is roughly seven times as likely to die than if the car is going 25 mph. Any community that is interested in street life—or human lives—must carefully consider …

Request for Proposal Released for Downtown Site


CATEGORY: Economic Development, News, Speck

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the City’s Department of Planning and Development have released a new and vibrant RFP for an important downtown Hammond site. The City of Hammond is requesting proposals for a brand new multi-use residential building that would house 200+ units, with retail and commercial on the ground level, complimenting a new active and welcoming plaza …

Final Master Plan with Jeff Speck and Associates


CATEGORY: Events, Speck

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Economic Development Department invite you to the last presentation of Jeff Speck and Associates, where they will present their Final Master Plan of Downtown Hammond on Wednesday, November 20th at the Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Avenue, from 6pm to 7:30pm. Doors will open at 5:30pm, with light refreshments in the lobby. On this …

Introduction of Draft Master Plan with Jeff Speck and Associates


CATEGORY: Events, Speck

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the City Department of Planning and Development Department invite you to a presentation of a highly anticipated Draft Master Plan of our downtown by best-selling author, city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck on Tuesday, August 6th at the Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Avenue.  Doors will open at 5:30pm, with the presentation beginning at …

City of Hammond Public Presentation with Jeff Speck and Associates


CATEGORY: Events, Speck

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the City Department of Planning and Development Department invite you to a public presentation by best-selling author, city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck, along with urban design leader David Dixon, on Tuesday, May 28th at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology gymnasium (door M) 33 Muenich Court, starting at 6pm. Mayor McDermott …