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In the "like Chicago" thread , Ed explained that a pos. theory as to the origins of the chicago emulation may have sprouted form the Burnham Plan to rebuild the city after the great fire:

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Even the Burnham Plan would never have gone in place if the fire hadn't creted the type of enviornment where such a plan would have been practical and capable of implementation.
so i though it would be a interesting to discuss what you might envision the city of chicago to look like today had the fire never happened.

my vison is as follows:

we would prob look very simulare to Toronto! the city would have been built right up to the water leaving no public space. there would have been no beaches, you would see more delapitaded docks.
the street grid would have never been in place the way it is today. the interconectivity between neighborhoods would have been nonexistant or litytle if at all. chicagos architecture heritage would be noooooo were near its fame . urban design would have been an afterthough and the city would not have flowed as well choking its ability to grow properly. lake shore drive would not have been built because buildings would have been located there. the El might have been design dif. not much but mabey a little. the main branch of the river would have never been re-roughted.

what do you think?
 

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It think the grid system would still have been adopted, it just wouldn't have been as consistant. Downtown had a grid, it probably would have continued with a few exceptions further out.

The probably would have been a lakeside highway, it'd just be built later. Most costal/lakeside cities have them. But the scenery wouldn't be so grand, as you're dead right on there being docks instead of parks.

The river would still have been reversed. It was dumping sewage into the lake. Can't have that.
 

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-the address system would have been dif.
-the whole consept of make no small plans wouldnt have existed resulting in the lack of influence needed to proposed such ideas as navy peir, much of museum campus,lower wacker drive,millenium park, straitening of the chicago river,no forest preserves(green belt), and much much more

if lincoln park would be non existent , then licoln park zoo would also be non existent.
 

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There would still be a grave yard where Lincoln Park Zoo is today?

Lake Shore Drive might be upgraded to a truck highway for traveling between docks, such as the Toronto's Gardiner expressway.

More pollution...

Chicago would never be US's 2nd largest city...

No World Fair of 1893
No Century of Progress of 1933.

Only 1 star on the Chicago flag

No Olympics in 1904 (wait... we still didn't have, even with the Burham Plan)
 

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Grid and address system would definitly have been the same. They had nothing to do with burnham, but it was and easy way to buy and sell land before chicago was even incorporated...
We probably would have had cooler and more skyscrapers, burnham thought that skyscrapers were ugly and they "set back american architecture 50 years". Intereseting, as he designed many landmark buildings in chicago, but by the '93 expo, he resorted back to classic architecture...
 

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i'm going to play out wicked's question to its most current incarnation:

no navy pier, no museum campus, no millennium park
 
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