Posted by: union03g | August 11, 2009

Cool Blurb From The Book I’m Reading

“However they were marketed and whoever ended up living in them, the thousands of houses built by late-nineteenth-century developers forever changed the Chicago landscape. In 1890, Chicago could boast that its citizens were more comfortably housed than were New Yorkers. Whereas Gotham’s 312,766 families lived in only 81,828 buildings, Chicago’s 220,320 families filled 127,871 structures. Only 12 percent of New York families owned their own homes, compared with 35 percent in Chicago. Among major cities, only Philadelphia, with its tradition of tiny row houses, had a broader base of home ownership than Chicago had.”

~Challenging Chicago: Coping with everyday life 1837 – 1920 p. 74


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