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The Suburban City

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Hop on over to Chicago Now for a compelling article on the root causes of homogenized urban development. Author C M Snyder will tell you about the Great Depression's toll on small-time local builders and renovators, the destruction of locally-based capital, and the systemic disempowerment of neighborhood investors courtesy of the Federal Housing Administration and FDR's personal preference for suburban design. Welcome to the world of redlining. Snyder goes on to illustrate how present-day grassroots community building is stunted by legalities. A worthy read! [Chicago Now, rendering: Addison Park on Clark]