Plan of Chicago


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New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1993, First Thus An unabridged republication, in slightly smaller format, of the first edition of Burnham's monumental plan for Chicago originally published in 1909. With a new introduction by Kristen Schaffer. An introductory chapter discusses the growth of Chicago, the planning of the 1893 Columbian Expostion, and Burnham's lakefront development plans for 1896 and 1904. The next chapter reviews European planning and recent projects for Washington, Cleveland, San Francisco and Manila. The remaining chapters present Burnham's vision for Chicago, one which includes improvements in the lakefront from the northern suburbs to the Indiana line, the creation of a beltway/highway system on the rim of the city, a relocation of railway terminals, the acquisition of an outer park system and of parkway transport circuits, an arrangement of streets to facilitate movement to and from the central business district, the promotion of centers of intellectual life, as well as suggestions for dealing with housing for the masses, the regional implications of metropolitan growth, and the need for improved mass transit. "One of the great accomplishments of American planning...Burnham's major contribution [which] let to many improvements in Chicago [and] stimulated similar planning and improvement programs in other cities." (Reps, "Making of Urban America") First edition thus. 4to (30 x 23 cm); pp. xvi, xviii, 164; 142 illustrations from maps, plans, drawings, and photographs, many full page or double page, many in color. A fine copy in gilt-stamped black cloth, in a fine dust jacket . Fine Cloth (Item ID: 011216)

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