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Chicago's Industrial Decline: The Failure of Redevelopment, 1920-1975

Robert Lewis


This book charts the city's decline since the 1920s and describes the early development of Chicago's famed (and reviled) growth machine. Beginning in the 1940s and led by local politicians, downtown business interest, financial institutions, and real estate groups, place-dependent organizations in Chicago implemented several industrial renewal initiatives with the dual purpose of stopping factory closings and attracting new firms in order to turn blighted property into modern industrial sites. At the same time, a more powerful coalition sought to adapt the urban fabric to appeal to middle-clas ... More

Keywords: Chicago, disinvestment, growth machine, industrial decline, urban planning, industrial renewal, industry, middle-class consumption, residential living

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501752629
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752629.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Lewis, author
University of Toronto