Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
As heavy traffic is barred from boulevards, it goes
onto the streets where street cars run, and there delays
street cars by using the car tracks.
The biggest hindrance to rapid transit in Chicago on
surface lines is the use of the car tracks by wagons, trucks
and other freight vehicles of all sorts and descriptions.
Much better time could be made and much better
service to hundreds of thousands of people would result
if heavy traffic were kept off the street car tracks and di
verted to the boulevards.
The city of Chicago wasn't laid out for automobiles.
The streets are not wide enough for parking purposes
downtown, yet owners of autos are permitted to narrow
downtown streets by leaving their autos in the streets to
save garage charges.
The boulevards are maintained at public expense
for practically the exclusive use of the comparatively few
citizens who are rich enough to own automobiles.
And because of this special privilege to auto own
ers, the hundreds of thousands who work for a living are1
delayed going to and coming from work daily on street
If no traffic were barred from Jackson and Wash
ington boulevards, there would be better service on the
street cars that run on Madison and Van Buren streets.
Of course, boulevard property is more valuable -for
residence purposes with traffic barred, but the people
who live off the boulevards have to help keep up' the
boulevards, and many of them suffer inconvenience be
cause of the exclusiveness of those boulevards.
Boulevards are great for the owners of automobiles,'
but they are entitled to no special privileges'. They are
dangerous to life and limb, interfere with traffic, block
up the streets and are a nuisance generally to everybody
except those who ride in them.
It would be interesting to know WHY more streets
are to be converted into boulevards and turned over to
Where does the demand come from? Who wanted