Gether other than the fact that they are all happening at the same time The book ends with the race riot of 1919 but I m not really sure why Her arguments about civic culture and urban planning on t really seem to fit inAs a result this book ends up reading like a couple of articles sandwiched between two high intensity but marginally related bookends If she had made stronger introduction and conclusion and taken time to weave the Alcohol Addiction different chapters together her arguments would have been much convincing some useful content but bachin is too terrified to make a single real claim. Tury public realm” Daniel Bluestone Journal of American HistoryThis is an ambitious book filled with important insights about issues of public space and its use by urban residents It is thoughtful very well written and should be read and appreciated by anyone interested in Chicago or cities generally It is also a gentle reminder that people are as important as structures and spaces in trying to understand urbanevelopment Maureen A Flanagan American Historical Revie.
I love this city even as i learn all the seedy slimy suirmy bits of gross that gave rise to our beautiful and imperfect town from the beginning this place has longed to prove its pedigree and been willing to lie and cheat in order to fake it when need be and yet by fits and starts always oing what s right once all other options have been exhausted we have a rich history worth being proud of Generally speaking this was a pretty good book but it has a few pretty significant flawsPros Good general idea viewing one specific city it s civic landmarks and viewing how they influence Building the South Side explores the struggle for influence that Aspects of South African Literature dominated the planning andevelopment of Chicago's South Side The Barefoot Girl: A Novel of St. Margaret, Patroness of the Abused during the Progressive Era Robin F Bachin examines the earlyays of the University of Chicago Chicago’s public parks Comiskey Park and the Black Belt to consider how community leaders looked to the physical esign of the city to shape its culture and promote civic interactionBachin highlights how the creation of a local terrain of civic cul.
He creation of civic cultureGood use of source materials and picturesCovers all kinds of class racial gender and ethnic groupsWell written overallCons multi faceted thesis is a bit cumbersome She tries to argue a centralized vs ecentralized approach while also weaving in commercialismHer introduction about the World s Fair claims that the fair was the origin of modern urban planning and civic culture but that point is never provenThere is little continuity between chapters In one she talks about race in another she talks about class but there is little effort to weave them all to. Ture was a contested process with the battle for cultural authority transforming urban politics and blurring the line between private and public space In the process universities parks and playgrounds and commercial entertainment istricts emerged as alternative arenas of civic engagement “Bachin incisively charts the evelopment of key urban institutions and landscapes that helped constitute the messy vitality of Chicago’s late nineteenth and early twentieth cen.