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The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City (Chicago Visions and Revisions) Paperback – August 15, 2006
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About the Author
Carl Smith is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and professor of history at Northwestern University. He is the author of Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880–1920, and Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Top Customer Reviews
While subtle and never overtly critical, the author is no blind admirer of the Burnham Plan and provides a mature and balanced description of events prior and after its publication.
The reader is given reference to a scanned copy of the actual 1909 Plan on [...]. He is free to ponder on how much _ and in a sense, how little _ planning documents have evolved in the past 100 years.
This book is highly recommended to anyone interested in urban planning, especially of course to those familiar with Chicago.
Daniel Burnham had led the City Beautiful campaign that sought well connected and landscaped roads. There was public support for making the city more visually attractive, and they liked shade trees, beautiful buildings, and open squares that offered statutes and fountains. Some, such as Jane Addams, wanted more done to correct the social disorders that existed.
The Chicago Plan had its critics. Louis Sullivan, an architect, felt the plan gave too much favoritism to business interests. He also disagreed with the modern architecture it advanced.
Burnham had supported creating a six mile park along Chicago's waterfront. This became part of the Plan of Chicago. The Plan looked ahead at what it thought Chicago should become. It looked little at what Chicago was like. The plan worried about speculation and unregulated growth. It was believed the quality of life of city residents was at stake.
The Plan called for more parks, wider streets, and more diagonal streets. It did not focus more on living and employment standards. Roads and transit lines were planning. Houses and businesses were left to locate according to market forces.
Daniel Burnham was hired by associations of business leaders to direct the creation of the Plan of Chicago.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting story. My only reservation is that the graphics are not clear and are sparse. It would benefit from more graphics depicting what was planned vs. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Michael
Was projected to arrive in several weeks. Arrived with in three days.
Also a very good printing - excellent maps.
The duplicate pages are not clear enough, especially the illustrations!Published 20 months ago by LIU QUAN
Kindle version is terrible. Would not recommend. Contains duplicate pages, seems to be missing some chunks of paragraphs, and formatted horribly. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alex
A wonderful description of the growth of Chicago. Could have listed a few more details.
Add more actual photos of the city. Now and then.
The one I got is a hard copy of the real published book from the library in Toronto University cos I even can see the stamp of Toronto University in the book I got. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Ko-Han, Shih
This was a gift for our son- he loved it! He has lived in Chicago for a few years and really wants to understand the history of that great city!Published on February 3, 2013 by Janice L. Elliott
"The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City," my fair city's fall 2009 One Book, One Chicago pick, provides an overly detailed account of Burnham's... Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Nofo Jake