Chicago Made: Factory Networks in the Industrial Metropolis by Robert Lewis

By Robert Lewis

From the lumberyards and meatpacking factories of the Southwest part to the commercial suburbs that arose close to Lake Calumet on the flip of the 20th century, production districts formed Chicago’s personality and laid the basis for its transformation right into a sprawling city. impending Chicago’s tale as a mirrored image of America’s business historical past among the Civil warfare and international warfare II, Chicago Made explores not just the well-documented workings of centrally situated urban factories but in addition the ignored suburbanization of producing and its profound impact at the metropolitan landscape.

            Robert Lewis records how brands, interested in greenfield websites at the city’s outskirts, started to construct manufacturing facility districts there with assistance from an problematic community of railroad vendors, genuine property builders, financiers, and wholesalers. those big networks of social ties, organizational memberships, and fiscal relationships have been finally extra consequential, Lewis demonstrates, than any one fulfillment. past easily giving Chicago companies aggressive benefits, they remodeled the industrial geography of the quarter. Tracing those variations throughout seventy-five years, Chicago Made establishes a large new starting place for our realizing of city business America. 

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