Chicago Metropolis of the Mid-Continent

ISBN-10: 0809327023
ISBN-13: 9780809327027
Edition: 4th 2006
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 6/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.266
Language: English

"Chicago"": Metropolis of the Mid-Continent" provides a comprehensive portrayal of the growth and development of Chicago from the mudhole of the prairie to today's world-class city. This completely revised fourth edition skillfully weaves together the geography, history, economy, and culture of the city and its suburbs with a special emphasis on the role of the many ethnic and racial groups that comprise the "real Chicago" of its neighborhoods. Cutler demonstrates how the geography of "Chicagoland" and the influx of a diverse population spurred transportation, industrial technology, the economy, and sporadic planning to foster rapid urban growth, which brought both great progress and severe problems. Through insightful analysis, Cutler also traces the demographic and societal changes to Chicago, critically examining such problems as the environment, education, racial tension, crime, welfare, housing, employment, and transportation. Richly illustrated with nearly three hundred drawings, photos, maps, and tables, the volume includes six appendices with sections dedicated to Chicago facts, population growth and income data, weather and climate, significant dates, and historic sites.

Joseph A. Conforti is director of the American and New England studies program at the University of Southern Maine. He is author of Samuel Hopkins and the New Divinity Movement: Calvinism, the Congregational Ministry and Reform in New England between the Great Awakenings.Joseph A. Conforti is director of the American and New England studies program at the University of Southern Maine. He is author of Samuel Hopkins and the New Divinity Movement: Calvinism, the Congregational Ministry and Reform in New England between the Great Awakenings.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Yesterday and Today
Chicago's Geographic Attributes
The Physical Setting
In the Beginning
Effect of the Glaciers
The Lake Plain
After the Glaciers
The Chicago River
The Calumet River
The Drainage Pattern
The Vegetation
The Climate
The Evolution of Chicago
Early Settlement
Town and City
The Street Pattern
Mudhole of the Prairies
The Fire
Rebuilding and Further Expansion
Protecting the People's Health
From Fair to Fair
People and Settlement Patterns: The Europeans
Sources of Early Settlers
European Immigration
An Ethnic Checkerboard
Recent Population Trends
The Irish
The Germans
The Scandinavians
The Jews
The Czechs and Slovaks
The Poles
The Lithuanians
The Italians
The Greeks
The Ukrainians
Other European Groups
Chicago's European Neighborhoods
People and Settlement Patterns: Recent Migration and Trends
Population Changes
The African Americans
The Hispanics
The Asians
The Native Americans
Socioeconomic Patterns
Theoretical Internal Arrangement of Chicago
The Economy of Chicago
Early Industry
The Union Stock Yards
Pullman
Present Industry
Wholesale and Retail Trade
Organized Industrial Districts and Parks
The Calumet Industrial Complex
The Changing Role of the Central Business District
Culture, Education, and Recreation
Recreation Facilities
Education
The Literary Field
Art
Music
Architecture
Transportation: External and Internal
From Portage to World Port
The Modern Port of Chicago
The Railroads Spin a Web
Road Transportation
Pipelines
Air Transportation
The CTA and Its Predecessors
Pace, the Suburban Bus System
Metra, the Commuter Rail System
Transportation Trends
Expansion of the Chicago Metropolitan Area
Suburban Growth
Suburban Characteristics
North Suburban Growth Patterns
West Suburban Growth Patterns
South Suburban Growth Patterns
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Regional Shopping Centers
The Rural-Urban Fringe
Midwest Megalopolis
Planning for the Future
Problems and Principles
The Burnham Plan
Later Chicago Planning
Planning for the Metropolitan Area
The Challenge
Chicago Population
Chicago Weather and Climate
General Facts about Chicago
Significant Dates in Chicago History
Chicago Historic Sites
Statistical Data for Incorporated Communities of the Chicago Area
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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