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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 11, 1913, Image 14

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but defiant and refuses to discuss the shooting' or the motives which
led him to fire three bullets into the, girl's back as she was returning ,
home from a moving picture show with her mother and two friends. :
Carlisle is 35 years old and divorced.
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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 or al
leys or parks, playgrounds or
grave-yards. It means vacant,
not used, held by respectable
business men and speculators and
lard sharks.
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
what for :
Streets and alleys, 41.2 square
miles, or 21.19 per cent of 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
per cent.
The big surprise for many peo
ple in these figures is that nearly'
one-third of all the land in Chica
go is not being used.
livery baby born in the city,
every new immigrant unloadedr
from the incoming eastern trains,
every stranger who comes to Chi-1
cago and settles down here to live, .
makes this land sell 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 enough land for
the people who live in the city.
The fact is, as shown by the Rex
chart, that there is enough land
for everybody. The figures show,
47.09 square miles 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

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