What Would Jane Say?: City-Building Women and a Tale of Two Chicagos
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What Would Jane Say?: City-Building Women and a Tale of Two Chicagos

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In response to the Burnham Plan's centennial, author Janice Metzger digs into the 1909Plan of Chicago, revealing not just what Burnham and the Commercial Club put into their master plan, but what they left out.What Would Jane Say?tells the tale of two approaches to city-building in the early 1900s and the people and ideas behind them. It also tells the story of whatwascrea...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Lake Claremont Press
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Annago
WWJS explores, through fictional meetings, how Chicago might be improved today if the philosophy and work of the marginalized City Livable movement had been taken into account in the 1909 Plan of Chicago, which was driven by the City Beautiful movement. Urban planning is not my area of expertise, so while the history contained in WWJS is a bit repetitive I didn't mind it quite so much as it probably helped me to retain more of the information.

Although WWJS is classified as non-fiction because t...more
Jamie
Perhaps the most striking thing about this book is how little has changed in Chicago politics and priorities in the last 100 years. Depressing. This is a great introduction to the rich history of women in Chicago, and has sparked my interest in learning even more. A little slow in spots, the imagined conversations among Burnham's women contemporaries are very illuminating. This is a great read for anyone interested in learning more about Chicago's history, particularly as it relates to planning...more
Alisa
Interesting read -- liked the premise, but it sometimes became too speculative and tidy to be strong scholarship.
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