Echoes Of 1909 in Elmhurst

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A presentation given at the Elmhurst Art Museum in March, 2009 reviewing the parallels in Elmhurst's planning to the principles identified in Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago.

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Echoes Of 1909 in Elmhurst

  1. 1. Echoes of Burnham (& Bennett) in Elmhurst
  2. 2. Presentation Summary <ul><li>Prelude to 1909: 1893 Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair) </li></ul><ul><li>The Chicago Plan Team </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago snapshots of 1909 </li></ul><ul><li>The 1909 Plan: Recommendations & Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>What About Elmhurst? – the Early Days </li></ul><ul><li>Elmhurst Through the 20 th Century </li></ul><ul><li>The Underpass: A Large-Scale Effort </li></ul><ul><li>Elmhurst’s Downtown Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Planning  Reinvestment  Reinvention </li></ul><ul><li>Future Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Elmhurst’s Comprehensive Plan </li></ul><ul><li>What Planning Means to Elmhurst </li></ul>
  3. 3. Prelude to 1909 <ul><li>1893 Columbian Exposition (“World’s Fair”) </li></ul><ul><li>A major coup for Chicago (repeat for 2016?) </li></ul><ul><li>Daniel Burnham – chief organizer </li></ul><ul><li>‘ City Beautiful’ Movement; the ‘White City’ </li></ul><ul><li>Technology and Industry Emphasis </li></ul><ul><li>“ Wow” factor: electrical display, Ferris Wheel, state & international pavilions, etc. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1893 Columbian Exposition
  5. 5. Burnham & Bennett & their team
  6. 6. Chicago in 1909
  7. 7. ALSO Chicago in 1909
  8. 8. 1909 Plan Recommendations
  9. 9. 1909 Plan Recommendations & Implementation
  10. 10. What about Elmhurst? (1800’s)
  11. 11. Elmhurst: 20 th Century Part I
  12. 12. 20 th Century Part II
  13. 13. Stagnation and Decline (1970’s – 1980’s)
  14. 14. A Transformation Begins (1990’s)
  15. 15. The Underpass: No Small Plan!
  16. 16. Planning Matters – The Downtown Plan
  17. 17. Planning  Reinvestment  Reinvention
  18. 18. We Have More to Do!
  19. 19. The Cultural Trail: Details Matter
  20. 20. Comprehensive Plan - Moving Forward
  21. 21. What Quality Planning Means to Elmhurst
  22. 22. What Quality Planning Means to Elmhurst
  23. 23. Thank You! <ul><li>John D. Said, AICP </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Dept. of Planning, Zoning & Economic Development, City of Elmhurst </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] , 630/530-6016 </li></ul><ul><li>Information Sources: </li></ul><ul><li>Plan of Chicago (Burnham & Bennett, 1909) </li></ul><ul><li>www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org </li></ul><ul><li>Elmhurst Historical Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Visionary; An Elmhurst Retrospective (Virginia Stewart, 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Downtown Plan, City of Elmhurst, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive Plan (draft), City of Elmhurst, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>www.walkscore.com </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago Magazine, 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Retail 1-2-3”, Metropolitan Planning Council, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Prospect Magazine, Elmhurst College, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>A Guide to Neighborhood Placemaking in Chicago (Project for Public Spaces & Metropolitan Planning Council, 2008) </li></ul>

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