Synopses & Reviews
Arguably the most influential document in the history of urban planning, Daniel Burnhamand#8217;s 1909 Plan of Chicago
, coauthored by Edward Bennett and produced in collaboration with the Commercial Club of Chicago, proposed many of the cityand#8217;s most distinctive features, including its lakefront parks and roadways, the Magnificent Mile, and Navy Pier. Carl Smithand#8217;s fascinating history reveals the Plan
and#8217;s central role in shaping the ways people envision the cityscape and urban life itself.and#160;
Smithand#8217;s concise and accessible narrative begins with a survey of Chicagoand#8217;s stunning rise from a tiny frontier settlement to the nationand#8217;s second-largest city. He then offers an illuminating exploration of the Planand#8217;s creation and reveals how it embodies the renowned architectand#8217;s 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 habitableand#160;urban environment.and#160;
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. His books include three prize-winning volumes: Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880-1920; Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman; and The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, the latter two published by the University of Chicago Press.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
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