The Humane Metropolis
Selected Photos from Reclaiming American Cities
Except for the Front Cover and Figure 5-2, the following images were taken by the author and may be reproduced for noncommercial purposes with appropriate credit to Rutherford H. Platt.)
Portraits of Jane Addams (top); Senator Paul Douglas (left); Jane Jacobs (right); and Will Allen (bottom). Lower background is an excerpt from 1909 photograph of downtown Chicago (b y permission of Chicago Historical Museum). The upper background was taken by the author at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, Chicago, ca. 2011.
Figure 3.3: Dan Ryan Expressway
"Urban Meat Axe": Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway followed an engineer's alignment straight through everything in its path, isolating neighborhoods left on either side, ca. 1972.
Figure 4.2: Suburban Kudzu
Sprawl as Kudzu - Recent commercial development facilitated by tax policies covers natural land surface with pavement and flat rooftops.
Figure 5.2: Saving the Dunes
Senator Paul H. Douglas (center), the chief sponsor of the Indiana Dunes park bills in Congress, with members of the Save-the-Dunes Council in 1958.
Figure 6.1: Highway visual Clutter
Visual clutter along arterial highway, Anywhere, USA.
Mayor Richard M. Daley's signature green roof atop Chicago's City Hall. The far side of the roof, above the Cook County half of the building, remains asphalt.
Figure 8.4: The New York City High Line
The High Line--a linear oasis for walking and sitting (no cycling) amid the eclectic surroundings of Manhattan's Lower West Side.
Figure 9.3: Buffalo Bayou, Houston
Replacing concrete with greenways along Buffalo Bayou near downtown Houston, ca. 2008.
Figure 10.6: Will Allen, Growing Power
Will Allen, Founder and CEO of Growing Power, Milwaukee, ca. 2005.
Wall mural at Logan Square, Chicago by the author, ca. 2010.
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