Planning Chicago, by Jon DeVries and Brad Hunt, calls for a return to big ideas in a city once famous for bold planning. The authors decry the lack of vision and failure to implement that has beset Chicago planning in recent decades. And they show the maleffects of this failure. While Toronto and other global cities take on impressive infrastructure, housing and education programs, our town struggles to come up with cash just to maintain the status quo.
An E-edition of this essential book is now available. When the E-book appeared this summer, DeVries and Hunt blogged that the book had already sparked conversations to reinvigorate planning for Chicago.