Planning for Chicago's future requires Burnham-style vision--and a big pair of green-tinted glasses
Source: Chicago Tribune
This could be a smashing year for Chicago, but not only for the reasons -- including Barack Obama's inauguration -- that probably come to mind. Specifically, 2009 could make a historic mark because it will give the residents of Chicago and its vast metropolitan area a chance to start a civic conversation about how we live, how we grow and whether the mass suburban sprawl of the last few decades still makes sense in the era of declining fossil fuel supplies and global warming. There's a marvelous excuse to have this conversation. The region will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest city plans in history.
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