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Building Chicago
By Ann Durkin Keating

Building Chicago

Suburban Developers and the Creation of a Divided Metropolis

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Building Chicago by Ann Durkin Keating

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The modern suburbanite lives among manicured lawns, shopping centers, and public schools with private school reputations. Socially and economically dependent on the city, but autonomously governed, suburban life ostensibly offers the best of both worlds. In "Building Chicago", Ann Durkin Keating offers a fascinating account of the birth and growth of Chicago's suburbs, the governments that developed to service them, and the ideas that guided early urban development. Chicago's rapid growth in the mid-nineteenth century was countered by cholera outbreaks, swampy roads, and poor living conditions. With the advent of rail transportation, city workers began to flock to burgeoning settlements outlying the city center. Various types of suburbs emerged, some as ethnic enclaves, others based on social and economic class. As they expanded, so did the need for schools, fire and police departments, water and sewer systems, and consequently, government. In the nineteenth century, nascent Cook County suburbs had just two options for government: the urban charter or the rural township. Beginning in the 1860s, the Illinois state legislature allowed rural townships, as well as distinct settlements beyond Chicago, to add to their local powers through incorporation. Hybrids of rural and urban forms resulted in the first suburban governments. The incorporated townships, which ringed Chicago by the early 1880s, had a diverse range of constituents and proved unsuccessful as a suburban form. They were largely annexed to Chicago in 1889. The incorporated village emerged as the basic form of suburban government that would flourish in the twentieth century. With precision and striking detail, Keating documents the progress and failure of suburbs under their chosen governments and argues that Chicago, as a case study, is representative of the suburban landscapes of major metropolitan areas across the country. In its first paperback edition, "Building Chicago" includes a comprehensive photographic essay by the author.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252070556
ISBN-10: 0252070550
Format: Paperback
(5830mm x 3895mm x 20mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Recounts the Battle of Fort Dearborn while situating it within the context of several wider histories that span the nearly four decades between the 1795 Treaty of Greenville to the 1833 Treaty of Chicago. This title is published to commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Fort Dearborn.

Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs by Ann Durkin Keating Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs, Paperback (November 2008)

Charts Chicago's evolution with comprehensive, cross-referenced entries on the seventy-seven community areas, along with many suburbs and neighborhoods, from Albany Park to Zion. This book explores how the city's communities have changed and grown throughout the years.

Encyclopedia of Chicago by Ann Durkin Keating Encyclopedia of Chicago, Hardback (November 2004)

Comprising more than 1,400 entries, covers the full range of Chicago' encompasses more than 1,400 entries on such topics as neighborhoods, ethnic groups, cultural institutions, and business history, and furnishes interpretive essays on the literary images of Chicago, the built environment, and the city's sports culture.

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