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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 11, 1913, 2, Image 14',
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hut defiant and refuses to discussthe shootingor the motives which
led him to fire three bullets into the girl's back as she was1 returning
home from a moving picture show with her mother and two friends.
Carlisle is 35 years old and divorced.
CHICAGO COULD BREATHE EASIER IF LAND SHARKS
WERE PUT DOWN ONE-THIRD OF CITY UNUSED
While everybody is talking
about what a crowded and pack
ed city of human sardines Chi
cago is, along comes Frederick
Rex, assistant city statiscian, and
shows a chart and set of figures
proving that nearly one-third of
all the land inside the, city limits
of Chicago is vacant.
The exact figure is 30 per cent.
This does not mean streets of al
leys or parks, playgrounds or
grave-yards. It means vacant,
not used, held by respectable
business men and -speculators and
Rex has got the chart ready to
be used at the City Club housing
exhibition, to open March 13 at
the club. Here are the figures on
how Chicago land is used and
Streets and alleys, 41.2 square
miles, or 21.19 per cent-crf all land
in the city limits.
Dwellings, 47.09 square miles,
or 24.22 per cent.
Vacant, 58.34 square miles, or
30 per cent.
Factories, 15.11 square miles,
or 7.77 per cent.
Steam railways, 10.79 square
miles, or 3.38 per cent.
Recreation parks, playgrounds,
etc., 7.03 square miles, or 3.62 per
' Administration (city, county,
federal buildings, etc), 5.08
square miles, or 2.61 per cent.
Grave-yards, 1.76 square miles,
or .9 per cent.
Schools and churches, 1.33
square miles, or .68 per cent.
Public safety (police, fire sta
tions, etc.), .16 square mile, or .08
The big surprise for many peo-.
pie in these figures is that nearly,
one-third of all the land in Chica
go is not being used.
. Everylaaby born in the city,
every new immigrant unloaded
from the incoming eastern trains, -every
stranger who comes to Chi
cago and settles down here to live,
tnakes this land self at a higher
In some parts of the city the
houses are slammed close up
against each other, and in the
summer months people in these
districts gasp for air. So some
people have got the idea that Chi
cago hasn't got ejlough land for
the people who live in the city.
The fact is-as shown by the Rex
j c4art, that there is enough land
for everybody. The figures show
47.09 square mile's with houses
standing on them and 58.34
square miles vacant, empty,
houseless, NOT USED.
A few business men and cor
porations holding a small per
centage of this land are planning