Monday, January 12, 2009

Thanks to Daniel Burnham

Why are we thanking him? Well most Chicagoans and historians credit Daniel Burnham's plan for Chicago as the reason we have such a beautiful city today. Although the plan hasn't been followed exactly, it has served as a template and inspiration during the past 100 years. Since it's the centennial year for the Burnham plan many Chicago institutions (such as the Chicago History Museum) are featuring his work as well as other plans that look to shape the future of the city for the next 100 years. The Chicago Tribune has a great story summing up his legacy and how he shaped Chicago:
The Burnham Plan charted a course that made the city—especially downtown—the vibrant, livable urban center it is today. It redefined not just the city's map but its character, affirming for its citizens the belief that big plans—such as the 2016 Olympic bid—can yield spectacular results and that Chicago, with its history of powerful alliances between business and political leaders, can bring them off.

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