Re: "Proposed plan for Port of Chicago causeway..."
Date: June 14, 2013 02:19AM
These crazy and unbuilt schemes seemed to be especially prominent in the 1950s, which also thought that wholesale clearance of entire neighborhoods were a benefit to the city as a whole (see the area around UIC and Hyde Park as clearance projects that were completed). Wildly expensive and impractical transportation projects were also mentioned often.
We've found other bizarre proposals, including a 1955 double-deck bridge from Oak Street to Dempster Street in Evanston. Naturally, this would also include a monorail, with an additional stop at Montrose Avenue. These schemes usually are only mentioned once, and as as ridiculous as they seem today, it's worth noting that they were considered serious enough to be published in Realty & Building.
Practical proposals, such as the Central Area Circulator following linking Metra stations with Navy Pier along old rail lines near the north bank of the Chicago River have been discussed since 1987. It's intriguing to think what a benefit this would be today.
FC hopes to do a presentation showing some of the best (and worst) unbuilt schemes we've found.