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#TBT: Chicago, 1908, Water

November 3, 2016Patrick NunnallyThrowback ThursdayComments Off on #TBT: Chicago, 1908, Water

Some of us have heard a lot about Chicago and 1908 over the past few weeks, that year being, until last night, the most recent time the Cubs won the World Series.

Here, in honor of last night’s win, is a view of the city from that year.  Notice parkland along the lake, and also the contrast between the armature of parks laid out for the 1892 World’s Fair, all in rectilinear patterns, and the fact that rivers are not included in the park system.  The north branch of the Chicago River, to the right, appears more or less to go through the city on it’s “natural” course.  By contrast, the south branch already shows signs of being re-engineered to carry waste away from Lake Michigan and down the Illinois River to the Mississippi.

Of course, there’s a LOT more that could be said about that little bit of folly!


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