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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
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Slide 10


A remarkably prescient view of how the conversion of crowded South Water Street into what would become double-level Wacker Drive would open up the riverfront.

Slide 11


The major purpose of the lower level of the new South Water Street (Wacker Drive), as this slide illustrates, was to divert freight traffic from the downtown’s overburdened streets.

Slide 12


The Chicago Plan Commission observed that, as was the case on the South Side, there were relatively few continuous north-south streets on the North and West Sides. Among the proposals that were realized around 1930 were the widening of Ashland Avenue and connecting its separated sections from just north of Devon Avenue to 95th Street.

Slide 13


As this slide indicates, with the advance of the popularity of the automobile beyond the original planner's expectations, the Chicago Plan Commission was thinking of turning certain roads into "superhighways" in a manner that anticipated today's Interstate system.

Slide 14


The Plan of Chicago recommended that a series of islands be constructed along the lakeshore north of downtown. Here that idea is combined with the proposed development of the Outer Drive between Foster Street and Bryn Mawr Avenue.

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