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Lakefront: Public Trust and Private Rights in Chicago

Joseph D. Kearney and Thomas W. Merrill


How did Chicago, a city known for commerce, come to have such a splendid public waterfront — its most treasured asset? This book reveals a story of social, political, and legal conflict in which private and public rights have clashed repeatedly over time, only to produce, as a kind of miracle, a generally happy ending. The book's authors study the lakefront's evolution from the middle of the nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Their findings have significance for understanding not only Chicago's history but also the law's part in determining the future of significant urban resources such a ... More

Keywords: Chicago, public waterfront, urban resources, Chicago lakefront, American public trust, Chicago lakefront rights, property doctrines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501754654
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501754654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph D. Kearney, author
Marquette University

Thomas W. Merrill, author
Columbia University