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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
Population Density by Ward
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This map from 1904 dramatically displays differences in population density. The numbers are especially high in West Side wards near the center of the city along the North and South Branches of the Chicago River, which were largely populated with recent immigrants and industrial workers.