- Paperback: 153 pages
- Publisher: Wild Onion Books; First Thus edition (October 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0829405968
- ISBN-13: 978-0829405965
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Streetwise Chicago: A History of Chicago Street Names Paperback – October, 1988
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Note to previous reviewers: it is unfair to criticize this book for missing some name changes. It states quite clearly, "This list of street name changes is not complete; it's a selected sample from about 1900 to the present time." And it's wrong to give a book only one star based on an appendix.
Some have criticized it's lack of information on the FORMER names of the streets listed. First, hundreds of streets were renamed in the 1910's merely to eliminate duplicates. Second, many streets were formerly named differently in several places. To burden this book with sorting it all out would diminish it's usefulness and readability.
I really hope that this book is reprinted so that others can enjoy it!
The street names go alphabetical, and some street names with a significant history enjoy greater space in the book. For example, Pulaski was originally Crawford, and changed to reflect the pleas of Polish immigrants. The facts in here are fascinating, and I love telling them to my fellow citymates. The only issue I had was that the book doesn't cite any sources. Without sources, how can I trust that the author didn't just make up the origin of some street names?
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I rated this book OK as I did find it interesting; however it did the contain the information I was looking for.Published on August 3, 2013 by Joan G. Esch
Book was sent in a hard box, and arrived quickly, good deal on this bookPublished on October 3, 2010 by E.T. Richmond
my brother in law has been looking for this out of print book for a long time. It arrived promptly and in good shapePublished on December 12, 2009 by GinnyG
If the book made no attempt to list street name changes, that would be one thing. But when it lists street name changes and leaves many out (I'll add the change of Jackson to... Read morePublished on December 11, 2001