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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 29, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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"Mayor Thompson has the chance
of a lifetime.. We do not ask him to
tear down the loop district Yet we
do ask him to make "Chicago a city
of general beauty and general attrac
tiveness instead of the city of iso
lated fragments it now is.
"The promises from him that he
will make Chicago a better city tin
gle in our ears. We want to hear
more of the tingle. We offer Mayor
Thompson all our cooperation. He
will find the Greater Chicago Federa
tion ready to hustle."
This was the finish of a speech by
Thomas Deuther, secretary Greater
Chicago Federation at the Audito
rium Thompson meeting Thursday
Other speakers went strong on Chi
cago's beauty, climate and mar-r-vel-ous
future. Deuther talked about
stub-end streets and the shame that
on the vast West Side of Chicago are
only two street car lines that cross
the city without butting against bar
riers. Loop business interests have dic
tated transportation. They run our
street cars so too much of Chicago
is crammed into the little downtown
district, according to Deuther. You
can hardly -go anywhere except on
cars that take you to the loop.
'Although Chicago is a great city
in population and railroads, that is
about all that .can be said of it as a
great city," he" said. "No city in the
world has less general prosperity
than Chicago. This may sound harsh
to those who have plans for embel
lishing Chicago. Yet you must face
the conditions if we are going to cor
rect them. We must know why ChN
cago lacks general beauty. One rea
son is because the great avenues of
travel across town are shut off by
barriers. Robey street, naturally a
thoroughfare, is cut in three parts.
Ashland avenue is blocked by a rail
road. Racine avenue butts up against
the stockyards. Crawford av Divi
sion st. and 39th st are all blocked
at points. These butt-end streets in
terfere with the general beauty.
"The loop enjoys an advantage be
cause it is directly connected with all
other parts of Chicago. Streets di
rectly connecting with the loop have
few barriers.
"What the Greater Chicago Feder
ation aims at is the connection of
stub-end streets, so that people can
economically and easily travel back
and forth. The federation hopes to
see the city administration adopt
such a policy."
Chairman Wm. N. Pelouze intro
duced Deuther with the statement
that the, Greater Chicago Federation
has a membership of over 100 civic
and commercial bodies.
The working class, wages and.
housing conditions were mentioned"
only once. That was by Mrs. Harlan
Ward Cooley of the Chicago Wom
an's club, who spoke as though the
real problems are not going to be
solved by smiling and talking pros
perity. "We have had powerful support
from the press," said Charles H.
Wacker, head of the Chicago Plan
com'n. "The newspapers have pre
sented our projects in an almost un
precedented way. With representa
tive citizens, with the combined busi
ness interests and wjth the Chicago
newspapers in line, how can there be
unnecessary delays in the completion
of the projects of the Chicago Plan
com'n? Every dominating interest
of Chicago is reresented here tonight
Let there be unity."
Charles L. Dering, pres. Ass'n of
Commerce, said the scheme for a
Town Hall of the Nation must go
through. He wants a big conven
tion hall on the municipal pier for
holding conventions. ' Plan is to have
it four times as big as the- Coliseum
and to seat 30,000 people. The
Greater Chicago Federation is against
putting such a hall on the lake front
They say it ought to be on Ashland
av. or somewhere nearer the center
of the city.

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