ITEM: Bruce Biossat. Remaking Chicago. Chicago, 1945. 6x4 inches, 48pp, illustrations. Original printed pictorial wrappers. Nice copy. Rare. $95 Ref: JF Ptak Science Books Post 1435
Earlier today a post appeared here on re-envisioning the "one city" megalopolis of San Diego--Los Angeles--San Francisco by hoisting 2-acre neighborhoods into the sky to support some 5 million people or so. Bruce Biossat, a writer for the Chicago Daily News, also had an ambitious plan for the city of Chicago, though in the face of putting thousands of acres of neighborhoods (with years) into massive highrises, Mr. Boissat's plan--while massive--is not nearly so as the L.A. scheme.
For reasons I cannot determine, this small pamphlet1 seems to be nowhere--no mention on the web, nothing in city planning databases, nothing in WorldCat (an actually nothing at all in this massive database about Mr. Biossat). It was a massive undertaking, part of a project of the Chicago Plan Commission, and sought to relieve "blighted" areas from the city by replacing them with new housing and neighborhood design. This was part of a larger construction scheme nationwide:
"The goal most mentioned as the desired postwar level of home construction is 1,000,000 units a year. Both major labor organizations call for higher objectives, with the A.F.L. demanding 1,500,000 and the C.I.O urging 1,750,000 annually."
That is a lot of building, and I have no doubt that the ALF/CIO would've been behind a spending/earning opportunity like this 100%. I'm not sure where all of this money was coming from, though I guess there would've been enough workers to handle the job.
In any event, the plan was massive, as we can see in the map above--perhaps the designers/developers felt the end of the war coming, the return of millions of soldiers, and an opportunity to make some major changes in the development of the future of Chicago.