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Ever notice how the gateway to the Mag Mile is asymmetrical and uncoordinated? Lynn Becker reminds that planning for Michigan Ave north of the river began with bold architectural visions and master plans. Coinciding with the Michigan Ave bridge construction and street widening in 1918, the day's leading architects—Andrew Rebori, Holabird & Roche—designed monumental archways and Parisian-like density and uniformity for the stretch of Michigan from the river to the Water Tower. Just check out the drawing at right, looking south from Chicago Ave along a solid 10-story streetwall. Didn't quite turn out that way. Click through for more designs! [ArchitectureChicago PLUS]