Course Description

The 1909 Plan of Chicago influenced the development of Chicagoland as we know it today: Chicago’s lakefront parks, double-decked Wacker Drive, and the Michigan Avenue Bridge were among the features of the Plan. We'll look at the Plan’s concepts for road building that included a system of highways throughout the region and how they differed from our current expressways. We see how different Chicagoland might be if we had not dismantled our streetcar and rail system in favor of near-complete dependence on cars and trucks. It was written, “While good highways are of great value to the terminal cities, they are of even greater value to the outlying towns, and of greatest value to the farming communities…"


Presenter: David Clark

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