Chicago Transit: An Illustrated History

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Overview

Combining nostalgia and historical detail, David Young tells the colorful story of transportation in Chicago, from the plank roads of the 1850s to the streetcar straphangers of the 1920s to the articulated buses of the 1990s. Illustrated with more than 90 photographs and maps, Chicago Transit reveals the political shenanigans, business deals, and technological changes behind the transportation system that made Chicago "the city that works."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A comprehensive look at the region's ground transportation."—Chicago Tribune

"A must for anyone interested in urban development."
Transportation Journal

"An excellent discussion of urban transit in the Windy City.... This thoughtful and pleasantly written book is greatly enhanced by a rich variety of high-quality photographs."—Choice

Booknews
A writer and editor for the Tribune who specializes in transportation traces the evolution of moving around in the Windy City. Beginning with the horse-drawn omnibuses that formed the first mass-transit system, he explores the competition for space and passengers by the various modes, including streetcar lines, railroads, and automobiles. The photographs are monochrome. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875802411
  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Young, former transportation editor for the Chicago Tribune, is author of several books on transportation in Chicago.

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Table of Contents


Table of Contents

1. The City of Mud
2. Horse Power to Machine Technology
3. Development of the Railroads
4. Evolution of the Street Railways
5. The Traction Baron and Straphangers
6. The Elevated Trains
7. Suburban Transit
8. Regulation and Competition
9. The Limitations of Private Enterprise
10. The Campaign for Public Ownership
11. Steam Technology and Internal Combustion
12. Public Ownership
13. Subsidies and Regional Government
14. Suburban Transit
15. The Auto Age
Epilogue
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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