Environment: Chicago 21

Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood . . . Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.

—Planner Daniel Burnham

Chicago has always heeded those words. Burnham's own grandiose plan to reshape the city in 1909 stirred men enough, for example, to create urban parks along Lake Michigan's shoreline and a system of neighborhood forest preserves. A plan in 1958 touched off a coordinated $5 billion building boom in the central business core. That led, in 1966, to another downtown plan—and more high hopes and work. Result:...

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