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Burnham and Addams

Daniel Burnham probably never actually said “make no little plans,” and he certainly recognized the value of small projects (like filling potholes), Bill Savage argued a few weeks ago in the Reader’s cover package on the Burnham centennial.  Also in that issue, Lynn Becker notes “the absence of skepticism” in the centennial celebration.

A healthy dose of skepticism, Jane Addams-style – and much attention to small-scale, on-the-ground projects addressing real-life problems  — is offered by Jan Metzger’s book, “What Would Jane Say: City-Building Women and a Tale of Two Chicagos,” due out this week from Lake Claremont Press.

It looks at the Burnham plan from the perspective of the settlement movement, based on the writings of scores of progressive Chicago women.

Newstips gave an extensive preview of the book earlier this year, based mainly on several conversations with Metzger, a longtime staffer at the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

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