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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 22, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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heard that New lork lias a subway.
All advocates of subways in Chicago
point to New York and say that city
furnishes proof of the success of sub
ways. Men like myself who haye
carefully compared New York and
Chicago do not join in this. We know
that the principal "partof.. New-York
city is compressed and jammed into
the "small island of Manhattan with
a density of population fifteen times
that of Chicago. : , .
"If Chicago wants to, encourage
overcrowding of tenements, packing
the people closer than ever-into the
residence districts, that is, if Chicago
wants to copy New Yoric. city and
have miles on miles "of teeming, over
populated residence districts.-she will
achieve it by following the. New York
plan of haying subways with termin
als centering downtown.
"New York, there ia no doubt, ex
ercises an allurement in the minds
of the people on this subway ques
tion.To say that Chicago must copy
New York on subways is just as ab-.
surd as to say that Chicago should
copy New York in the method of get
ting a water supply. Because New
York runs aqueducts put to the Cats
kill mountains for a water supply, by
the same reasoning it might be
argued that Chicago should run an
aqueduct out to the Rocky mpunr,
tains for a water supply. We have
no more right-to imitate New York
in transportation than in water, sup
ply source.
"The trouble is that people take
newspaper reasons as gospel and
blindly follow that leadership
"Many accept without question the
arguments fed to them by the press.
Yet I believe there is a much stronger
anti-subway sentiment than appears
from present newspaper reports.
"For my own part, and I know this
is also the sentiment of many mem
bers of our board, I feel it is almost
criminal to carry people from their
homes and across the city in dark,
insanitary tunnels when there are
other methods entirely practicable.
"The "40ft. members of our board
are naturally not a unit in opinion on
the problem. vAt a meeting in Febru
ary; a thorough discussion will be
held and those who are for the 'com
prehensive' or the 'initial' will declare
themselves and those who are against
any kind of subways at all will also
explain their position."
Dr. R. A. White, member of Mayor
Harrison's commission on the unem
ployed, yesterday announced that the
city would soon open a municipal
.market at which will be sold to the
jobless at cost.
The specifications provide fpr three
wholesale markets, one' located
downtown, one on the North Side
and one. onthe South Side.
The-specincations are: -
"A. Wholesale terminal markets
should be built on the water front, if
possible, into which all railroads can
run their cars.
"B.; -Such markets should have
cooling and storage rooms, and the
streets;should be wide enough so that
teams ,wll not be delayed.
"C. Provisions should be made in
such' markets for public auctioneer
ing rooms.
"D. Dealer stands and cellars
'Should be provided for rental to deal
ers or direct representatives of the
The locations suggested in the spe
cifications are:
1. A central market lying within
Randolph street, Kinzie street, the
river and Sheldon street.-
2. Belmont avenue, Elston ave
nue and the rjver.
3; Sixty-third street and Calumet
r-o o '
Bertha And do you believe that a
woman always turns to the last page
first when: she picks up a book?
Percy Well, I have no reason to
doubt it - I knPw it is the nature of
the fair sex to want the last word! .

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