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Planning Chicago


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1. Introduction 2. Chicago's Planning Context Part 1: Chicago's Central Area 3. The Origins of Chicago's Post-Industrial City: Planning Change In 1955-1958 4. The High-Water Mark of City-Led Planning: The 1966 Comprehensive Plan 5. Growth Coalition Takes the Lead for Planning 6. Chicago's Equity Planning Moment 7. Planning in The Void: Redevelopment In The North Loop And Near South Part 2: Neighborhood Change And Planning Response 8. Chicago and Community Planning Innovation 9. Englewood 10. Uptown 11. Little Village 12. Remaking Public Housing: The Chicago Housing Authority's Plan for Transformation Part 3: Industrial Policy in Chicago: City Planning for Industrial Retention and Growth 13. Defending The Industrial Base: Sector and District Strategies 14. Has It Worked? A Changing Employment Scene 15. The Calumet District: Planning for Brownfields 16. Planning for Global Freight in The Chicago Region Part 4: Chicago in Current Era 17. The Tourist City: Navy Pier, Mccormick Place, And Millennium Park 18. The Era of Big Plans Is Over 19. The Lost Decade 20. The Disconnect Between Financing and Planning 21. Examples of Positive Middle-Ground Planning 22. Conclusion: Restore Planning to Chicago

About the Author

D. Bradford Hunt is Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at the Newberry Library. Jon B. DeVries was founding director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University in Chicago, (2002-2017).


Hunt and DeVries have pulled off the impossible: they have produced an impartial treatment of postwar planning in a city where every decision to alter the built environment is politicized and contentious. A combination of meticulous research and years of experience with the projects and policies they describe allow them to navigate this high road. Happily, the authors do not just rehash well-trodden narratives of great men and their grandiose visions for the downtown or Lakefront; planning for neighborhoods, industrial districts, and the Chicago River share the stage with the Loop, filling out our understanding of who makes planning decisions and why they ultimately succeed or fail.--Rachel Weber, University of Illinois at Chicago
Hunt and DeVries have delivered a candid and unromantic account of how things get planned--or not planned--in a postindustrial Chicago striving for a place on the short list of truly global cities.--John McCarron
Hunt and DeVries have written an accessible, handy grand tour of Chicago's planning history, which from City Beautiful to urban renewal to Millenium Park, mirrors the history of American planning at large. One-stop shopping for all that is Chicago planning: a remarkably wide ranging set of ideas and facts and history, both confirming what we know about Chicago's planning and also surprising us too. Though many take Chicago's current economic and cultural vibrancy for granted, between the boom years of the early 20th century and the current era lay the crisis of deindustrialization and outmigration from the 1950s into the 1980s. Hunt and DeVries concisely describe the transformational rebranding of Chicago from the industrial city to the globalized city and the resulting contradictions and long-term vulnerabilities: booming tourist-friendly islands and persistent poverty, inequality and demographic decline elsewhere. The book both celebrates the best of Chicago's planning but doesn't shy away from asking hard questions, concluding with a call for the reassertion of formal city planning in an era where TIFs and other financial policies serve as a problematic substitute for planning. Hunt and DeVries astutely expose a sobering irony about Chicago: this city, known as a birthplace and showcase of modern American planning, has arguably witnessed the devolution and devaluation of planning in recent decades.--Scott M. Campbell, Professor of Philosophy, Nazareth College, USA

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