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The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City (Chicago Visions and Revisions)

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Arguably the most influential document in the history of urban planning, Daniel Burnhams 1909 Plan of Chicago, coauthored by Edward Bennett and produced in collaboration with the Commercial Club of Chicago, proposed many of the citys most distinctive features, including its lakefront parks and roadways, the Magnificent Mile, and Navy Pier. Carl Smiths fascinating history reveals the Plans central role in shaping the ways people envision the cityscape and urban life itself. 

Smiths concise and accessible narrative begins with a survey of Chicagos stunning rise from a tiny frontier settlement to the nations second-largest city. He then offers an illuminating exploration of the Plans creation and reveals how it embodies the renowned architects belief that cities can and must be remade for the better. The Plan defined the City Beautiful movement and was the first comprehensive attempt to reimagine a major American city. Smith points out the ways the Plan continues to influence debates, even a century after its publication, about how to create a vibrant and habitable urban environment. 

Richly illustrated and incisively written, his insightful book will be indispensable to our understanding of Chicago, Daniel Burnham, and the emergence of the modern city.

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.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. Planning Before the Plan

2. Antecedents and Inspirations

3. The City the Planners Saw

4. The Plan Comes Together

5. Creating the Plan

6. Reading the Plan

7. Promotion

8. Implementation

9. Heritage

Bibliographical Essay

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226764719
Author:
Smith, Carl
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Midwest
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
City planning -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Subject:
Burnham, Daniel Hudson
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Chicago Visions and Revisions
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
62 halftones, 6 maps
Pages:
202
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 n

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