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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
Model or Warning?
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This photograph of the famed pyramids of Egypt from Chapter II serves both as a model of the kind of boldness and distinction to which the Plan exhorts Chicago to aspire and a warning that a civilization can only become great if it has the courage to seize its historical moment.