The Politics of Place: A History of Zoning in Chicago / Edition 1

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Chicago is renowned for its distinctive skyline, its bustling Loop business district, and its diverse neighborhoods. How the face of Chicago came to be is a story of enterprise, ingenuity, opportunity—and zoning. Until now, however, there has not been a book that focuses on the important, often surprising, role of zoning in shaping the "The City that Works."
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"Only in Chicago can zoning be epic. From the nuisance laws of the 19th century targeting Chicago's notorious filth to its cutting-edge new code, this meticulously researched book chronicles the use of zoning as both handmaiden for the just and tool for the self-serving. City planners and urban historians will delight in the colorful tale of how a city's backbone—and zoning is indeed Chicago's backbone—supports its broad shoulders."  —American Planning Association

"A new book on urban planning, The Politics of Place: A History of Zoning in Chicago, is not just for academics and urban planners. It looks at the city's development from the time of Ft. Dearborn through the aftermath of the Chicago Fire to the time the first limits were placed on building heights and into the 21st century. Lots of great historical photos—one shows a nearly unbelievably jam-packed downtown intersection in 1909—are included in this book by Joseph P. Schwieterman and Dana M. Caspall."  —Chicago Tribune Books

"Written by a highly credible team with impressive academic credentials and extensive practical experience. The research for this book is thorough. The documentation is impressive. Schwieterman and Caspall have given us extraordinary insight into the personality of Chicago's creative leadership as well as the dynamic growth resulting from their efforts. Perhaps of greater significance, zoning is shown to be an important planning tool that is given the attention it deserves for the first time."  —Miles Berger, author, They Built Chicago: Entrepreneurs Who Shaped a Great City's Architecture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893121263
  • Publisher: Lake Claremont Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph P. Schwieterman, Ph.D., is professor of Public Service Management and director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. He has hosted the Chaddick  Institute's workshops on planning and zoning since 1995, and now works closely with the new DePaul Real Estate Center. Schwieterman holds an M.S. in transportation from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago, and is a member of the American Planning Association and Lambda Alpha International. He has written extensively on urban and transportation topics, including several books. Dana Caspall earned a B.A. in accounting from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Public Service Management from DePaul University, where she wrote a thesis entitled Managing a Modern Metropolis: A Historical Sketch of Zoning in the City of Chicago. An experienced auditor who works for the federal government, she has spent much of her professional life investigating business and governmental programs.
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