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In this volume the authorstell the real stories of the planners, politicians, and everyday people who shaped contemporary Chicago, starting in 1958, early in the Richard J. Daley era. Over the ensuing decades, planning did much to develop the Loop, protect Chicagos famous lakefront, and encourage industrial growth and neighborhood development in the face of national trends that savaged other cities. But planning also failed some of Chicagos communities and did too little for others. The Second City is no longer defined by its past and its myths but by the nature of its emerging postindustrial future.
This volume looks beyond Burnhams giant shadow to see the sprawl and scramble of a city always on the make. This isnt the way other history books tell the story. But its the Chicago way.