A Burnham Plan for Chicago’s Next Hundred Years


Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the Burnham Plan of Chicago, Philip Bess and the architecture school at Notre Dame put together a forward looking regional plan for the city that was built on similar principles. The result was their After Burnham plan. This plan incorporated a lot of new urbanist principles, a land value tax, and much more. It won an award from the Congress for New Urbanism in 2014.

I’ve known Philip for years since we intersected in Chicago while his team was developing this plan. He graciously invited me to speak to the Notre Dame School of Architecture, and while I was there we recorded a podcast about the After Burnham plan. We also at the end talk about his book City Baseball Magic, which was written prior to the opening of Camden Yards and the start of the retro-ballpark movement. If the podcast doesn’t display for you, click over to listen on Soundcloud.

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from Aaron M. Renn


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