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Your ticket to the White City
The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair was envisioned as a "universal and international" exposition, the fair's theme was "Peace Through Understanding", dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe".
The fair showcased American culture and technology. More than 51 million people attended the fair, but the fair was a financial failure.
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Apr 18, 2014 - Fairgoers share memories of family outings and moments of inspiration at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
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1940 Route Map for United Airlines
They have grown a bit since then.
The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō (東海道五十三次 Tōkaidō Gojūsan-tsugi?), in the Hōeidō edition (1833–1834), presented here, is a series of ukiyo-e woodcut prints created by Utagawa Hiroshige after his first travel along the Tōkaidō in 1832.
The Tōkaidō road, linking the shōgun's capital, Edo, to the imperial one,Kyōto, was the main travel and transport artery of old Japan. It is also the most important of the "Five Roads" (Gokaidō)—the five major roads of Japan created or developed during the Edo era to further strengthen the control of the central shogunate administration over the whole country.
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Thanks to Mike Yui for contributing.
From North to South
Airport Size in Square Miles
South Suburban__8.5 +- Initial airport, 26.0 +- Full build out 6 runway airport
The graphic above illustrates the size of the planned airport with Midway Airport, once the world's busiest airport and still a very busy airport. Airports such as Midway cannot be built today because of safety and environmental concerns. Modern airports require very large buffers and distance from residential areas, hence the enormous size of the new airport.
Planning and land purchase continues for the Third Airport for Chicago. Planning for the airport has been underway for over forty years. My wife and I worked on this issue for many years.
It is of course very controversial. Many of the people who live in or near the site are of course very opposed. Other people see the airport as the economic engine for the south side of Chicago.
The area is at the south end of the Chicago developed metro area, bounded by Crete, University Park, Monee, Peotone, and Beecher. I-57 is on the west side, I-294/Rt 1 on the east side, and the new I-355 Tollway would be on the north side.
A considerable amount of land has been acquired for the initial airport. It will not be developed until the economic recovery creates additional demand for air traffic. O'Hare and Midway are of course very busy and congested and Chicago is the major Hub for the United States.
I prepared the Land Use Plan Map above. The Plan is a mosaic of the plans of Will and Kankakee County and the Villages of Crete, Monee, University Park, Peotone, Beecher, Manteno, and Grant Park.
The web sites below tell more about the airport.
The map above shows land acquisition status for the planned third airport for Chicago. The red is the land already required while the green parcels are the land needed for the development of the inaugural two runway airport. The blue shows the land needed for the planned 6 runway airport.
I have been involved with this issue all of my professional career. The first planning document I ever read on the plan was in 1968 when it was planned to be located to the east of the present location. The planning and environmental documents would probably fill a large room. The planned airport is south of Chicago, with access planned from I-57 and IL Route 50.
The planning for the airport was very difficult and controversial. Planning a major airport is much like bathing a large angry elephant. It is very large, difficult, and you can definitely get hurt.
To get a perspective on the size of this airport, here is one square mile which is the size of Midway Airport, once the busiest airport in the world and still a very busy second airport for Chicago. Environmental regulations require very large distances from new major airports far exceeding the distances of existing airports.
It will likely be some time before the airport is actually built. It requires airlines to commit to using the airport, and there are few developers with the capacity to build the airport. And the existing major airlines in Chicago do not want competition.
Click to read this interesting historical document. Note the large red area in eastern Will County. This is the planned new airport for Chicago. A substantial portion of the land for the initial two runway airport has been acquired.
REVITALIZATION OF DOWNTOWN WHEATON, ILLINOIS
The Study Area
The City of Wheaton is located in the Chicago Metropolitan area and is the seat of government for DuPage County, Illinois. It lies approximately 25 miles west of Chicago’s loop and is connected to it by commuter rail service. It has a historic Central Area identified in Figure 1 with many handsome turn of the century brick commercial structures. This article traces some of the significant changes which have occurred over the past 25 years and their impact on the revitalization of Wheaton’s downtown.
Historic downtowns in suburban communities have traditionally faced a variety of problems which have challenged their social and economic viability. Wheaton faced
many of these in the 1980’s including: competition from shopping centers and malls; parking and circulation deficiencies; an active rail line that cut through its center; old
structures suffering from deferred maintenance and interior space configurations poorly suited to many contemporary business needs. Lack of coordinated marketing and
maintenance of sidewalks were also issues.
Response to Challenges
Wheaton experienced a positive turn-around since 1990. This can be credited to political leadership of elected officials and appointed commissions, competent professional staff, consultant expertise, quality developers, an active chamber of commerce and enlightened and pro-active citizens.
One key to revitalization has been the development of a variety of residential projects which have greatly increased the market for new restaurants, and the pedestrian activity
and vibrancy of the central area.
Click to read the full interesting article by City Planner Pete Pointner