Chicago: A Geography of the City and Its Region / Edition 1

Chicago: A Geography of the City and Its Region / Edition 1

by John C. Hudson
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University of Chicago Press

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Chicago: A Geography of the City and Its Region / Edition 1

The geography of Chicago is central to its history and to its success as the nation’s now third largest metropolitan area. The first geography of the Windy City in more than fifty years, Chicago: A Geography of the City and Its Region is a topical and chronological analysis of the area that both considers the city’s historical geography and anticipates its future trends.

Renowned geographer John C. Hudson leaves no aspect unexplored in this ambitious and peerless book. Beginning with an overview of metropolitan Chicago, Hudson describes how the city has served as a model to social scientists and examines its unique neighborhoods and communities from the perspectives of Chicagoans themselves. A thorough description of the physical geography of the region introduces a series of studies in historical geography that consider the origins of the city and its early development through to its present state, paying particular attention to race, ethnicity, and suburbanization, as well as commuting patterns, neighborhood change, and patterns of income distribution. Chicago concludes with a comparison of the balanced geography that prevailed in the early twentieth century with the skewed pattern of sectoral imbalances that exists today.

Supplemented with more than one hundred maps that illustrate the evolution of Chicago over time and sixty-four black-and-white and color photographs that capture iconic images of the city’s landscapes and its people, Chicago beautifully synthesizes the city’s social and economic strata with geographical features to provide an authoritative guide to modern Chicagoland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226358062
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Series: Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Part I. Introduction
Chapter 1. Chicago and It's Region
Chapter 2. The Chicago Model
Chapter 3. Chicago's Neighborhoods

Part II. Physical Geography
Chapter 4. Chicago's Climate
Chapter 5. Chicago's Landforms
Chapter 6. River Basins and Drainage

Part III. Historical Patterns
Chapter 7. Origins of the City
Chapter 8. Early Development
Chapter 9. Southward Expansion

Part IV. The Growing City
Chapter 10. Models and Plans
Chapter 11. Populating and Repopulating the City
Chapter 12. Transportation and Industry

Part V. The Changing City
Chapter 13. The Migration Decades
Chapter 14. Suburban Expansion
Chapter 15. Changing Ethnic Patterns

Part VI. Current Trends
Chapter 16. Commuting to Work
Chapter 17. Age and Neighborhood Change
Chapter 18. Income Distribution

Part VII. Conclusion
Chapter 19. The Sector Model Revisited

References and Selected Readings
Books in the Series
About the Author

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