Books
Review of Planning Chicago

Review of Planning Chicago

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. My review in New City is called Bring Back the Big Picture. You may read the review...

Beyond Burnham

Beyond Burnham

I am coauthor with Joe Schwieterman of Beyond Burnham, An Illustrated History of Planning for the Chicago Region (Lake Forest College Press, 2009). I began writing the book in late 2004 while on a US State Dept. fellowship in Sâo Paulo, Brazil. It was there, during the fall of '04 (actually spring in Sâo Paulo), that I finally found leisure to begin a book. I was filled with frustration from five years of toil on a regional plan for Chicago that still was unfinished. But, in Sâo Paulo, I was far enough away from all that to reflect...