City Water, City Life

This book contends that a city consists of more than a massing of citizens, a layout of buildings and streets, and an arrangement of political, economic, and social institutions. Through an analysis of a broad range of verbal and visual sources, it explains how the the discussion, design, and use of the first successful waterworks systems in leading cities reveal the ways in which Americans framed their conceptions of urban democracy and how they understood the natural and the built environment, individual health and the well-being of society, and the qualities of time and history in the rapidly urbanizing nation.

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The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City

Arguably the most influential document in the history of urban planning, Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago, co-authored by Edward Bennett and produced in collaboration with the Commercial Club of Chicago, proposed many of the city’s most distinctive features. This history of the Plan’s origins, production, promotion, implementation, and heritage reveals its central role in shaping the ways people envision the cityscape and urban life itself.

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Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman

This book explores the imaginative dimensions of three cataclysmic events that took place in what many considered the quintessential American city. It he traces the evolution of beliefs that increasingly linked city, disorder, and social reality in the minds of Americans. Encompassing a remarkable range of writings, illustrations, protests, public gatherings, trials, hearings, and urban reform efforts, it argues that these events collectively shaped how Americans saw, and continue to see, the city.

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Chicago and the American Literary Imagination 1880-1920

This interdisciplinary study examines a broad variety of imaginative attempts to come to terms with turn-of-the-century Chicago. Among the themes explored is the place of art in the new industrial city. The book argues that writers seized upon major elements in Chicago-the omnipresent railroad, the large buildings, and the legendary stockyards-to develop a new aesthetic vocabulary that expressed what they believed was the meaning of modern urban life.

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