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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
Are You Foolish Enough to Do It?
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The cover cartoon of the November 1914 Monthly Bulletin of the North-West Side Commercial Association indicates that all of the opposition to the "boulevarding" of Michigan Avenue did not come from property owners in the area. Northwest Side businessmen here depict those most in favor of the boulevard and bridge as bloated, bejeweled, and beady-eyed "State Street Interests," who want to steal more business by opening a bridge between the downtown and the North Side. They wield the favorable editorial policy of the daily newspapers like an enormous cudgel. The pennant flying from the building on the right reads, "M.F. & Co.," fingering the Marshall Field State Street store as a chief culprit.