9780226764726

The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226764726

  • ISBN10:

    0226764729

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-08-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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Summary

Arguably the most influential document in the history of urban planning, Daniel Burnham's 1909Plan of Chicago, coauthored by Edward Bennett and produced in collaboration with the Commercial Club of Chicago, proposed many of the city's most distinctive features. Carl Smith's fascinating history reveals thePlan's central role in shaping the ways people envision the cityscape and urban life itself. His concise and accessible narrative begins with a survey of Chicago's stunning rise from a tiny frontier settlement to the nation's second-largest city. He then offers an illuminating exploration of thePlan's creation and reveals how it embodies the renowned architect's belief that cities can and must be remade for the better. Smith points out the ways thePlancontinues to influence debates, even a century after its publication, about how to create a vibrant and habitable urban environment. Richly illustrated and incisively written, this insightful book will be indispensable to our understanding of Chicago, Burnham, and the emergence of the modern city. "An imaginative, beautifully produced, and visually appealing masterpiece of stirring prose and stunning illustration. . . . Carl Smith's book is a concise, splendidly accessible, and beautifully constructed introduction to a seminal work of American urban planning and its enduring influence on Chicago and other American cities."William Bryk,New YorkSun

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Planning Before the Planp. 1
Antecedents and Inspirationsp. 11
The City the Planners Sawp. 34
The Plan Comes Togetherp. 54
Creating the Planp. 71
Reading the Planp. 86
Promotionp. 111
Implementationp. 130
Heritagep. 151
Bibliographical Essayp. 169
Indexp. 175
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