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Interpretive Digital Essay : The Plan of Chicago
The Plan of Chicago
Chicago in 1909
Planning Before the Plan
Antecedents and Inspirations
The City the Planners Saw
The Plan of Chicago
The Plan Comes Together
Creating the Plan
Reading the Plan
A Living Document
Promotion
Implementation
Heritage
Traffic on Dearborn and Randolph, 1909
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This image graphically conveys better than can any statistic how congested Chicago's downtown streets had become. Electric trolleys contend with horse-drawn conveyances of multiple kinds, and, of course, pedestrians. This photograph also documents the businesses in the Loop and the seriousness of the "smoke nuisance."