Feb 14, 2018

Proposed Obama Presidential Center in the South Side of Chicago

The proposed Obama Presidential Center

North of $2 billion: That's the economic impact the Obama Presidential Center could have on the South Side over a decade, according to research commissioned by the Obama Foundation. Construction alone on the $350 million center, scheduled to open in 2021, could produce almost 5,000 jobs and $296 million in income for Cook County, the research noted.

Click to read the full article in Crain's Chicago Business

Feb 8, 2018

Barbara Berlin Rest in Peace

Hello, everyone. I am trying to share the news of Barbara Berlin's passing with those that knew her. Her funeral is coming up quickly, on February 8th, 2018.

Please share the news with anyone that I may be missing.

Paula Freeze

Barbara was an outstanding city planner who worked in the Chicago metropolitan area for many years, including tours with Park Forest, Lake County, Teska, and Camiros.  She will be missed.

Craig Hullinger

Barbara Cunix Berlin, 63, beloved wife of Larry Wray, second mom to Christina (Barret) Bottomley and Katherine (Chase) Wonnell, cherished grandmother of Kennedy and Wyatt; dearest sister of Anne (Larry) Skal, the late Leonard (Janine) Cunix, Betsy (the late Martinus) Tels, and the late Lenore (Larry) Levy. Barbara was a wonderful person beloved by her friends and family. She was an intelligent and accomplished professional, decent, honest and warm. She leaves a void for all who were fortunate enough to have known her. She will be missed very much. She had a Bachelors in American Studies from Northwestern University and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. At the time of her death, she served as the Director for Comprehensive Planning for Health and Human Services with the Fairfax County (Virginia) County Government. Chapel services Thursday 10:00 am at Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Interment will follow at Shalom Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. For information: 847-255-3520 or www.shalom2.com
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 7, 2018

Paula Freeze
Assistant Executive Director
American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter
c/o NIU Center for Governmental Studies
148 N. 3rd St.
DeKalb, IL 60115

Ancient Europeans - Blue Eyes and Dark Skin

Cheddar Man’s 10,000-year-old skeleton was discovered near the village of Cheddar in Somerset, England, in 1903. Researchers now say he was part of a group of hunter-gatherer immigrants from continental Europe who’d settled in Britain shortly after the last ice age. Today’s white Britons are descendants of that immigrant population — one that, until recently, had been assumed to be fair-skinned.
But, by sequencing Cheddar Man’s entire genome and reconstructing his face using cutting-edge techniques, scientists at the Natural History Museum and University College London have proved the assumption wrong.
“Cheddar Man had blue eyes, dark colored curly hair and ‘dark to black’ skin pigmentation. Previously, many had assumed that he had reduced skin pigmentation,” the researchers said in a news release Wednesday. 

US Interstates

U.S. Interstate Highways, as a Transit Map

View the high-resolution infographic to see the most legible version.
Transit style maps are sort of a “rite of passage” for any upstart information designer.
People tend to be obsessed with them, and for good reason. What the maps lack in attention to fine details, they make up in their sheer ease of use, organization, and ability to reduce complex geography to simple, elegant shapes. They show the big picture in way that’s easy to follow, even for seemingly unrelated topics like the extensive road network of the Roman Empire.
Today’s infographic fits in with this theme, coming from designer Cameron Booth. Showcasing the network of Interstate Highways in the United States, it puts the transit map style to good use.
Note: The design shown is from about five years ago, but here’s an updated 2017 version in poster form.


You may know the network of roads simply as “the Interstate”, but it actually has a much longer and official sounding title: The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. That’s because it was championed by President Eisenhower in the 1950s during his first term in office, after he saw the logistical effectiveness of the new Reichsautobahn in Germany.
Here are some facts about the Interstate Highway System that you may not know:
  • Part of the justification of building the system was to have a means to evacuate citizens from major cities during nuclear attacks.
  • The system was designed so that in an evacuation situation, traffic could be directed to move in all lanes in one direction.
  • In today’s dollars, the cost of construction was approximately $526 billion.
  • Activists got frustrated with the construction, and stopped highways in New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New Orleans. As a result, some urban routes ended up as “roads to nowhere”.
  • In a mile of highway, there are about 3 million tons of concrete. In comparison there are 6.6 million tons of concrete in the Hoover Dam.
  • Roughly 374,000 vehicles travel on the I-405 in Los Angeles every day – no wonder it’s the city with the most traffic in the world.
Today, there are now approximately 47,856 miles (77,017 km) of highway in the system – about 6,000 miles (9,700 km) more than originally planned. Meanwhile, the Interstate Highway System accounts for one-quarter of all vehicle miles driven in the country.

Dixie Highway

The Dixie Highway was first planned in 1914 to connect the Midwest with the Southern United States. It was part of the National Auto Trail system. It is a network of connected paved roads rather than one single highway. It was constructed and expanded from 1915 to 1927.

The Dixie Highway was inspired by the example of the slightly earlier Lincoln Highway, the first road across the United States. It was overseen by the Dixie Highway Association, and funded by a group of individuals, businesses, local governments, and states.

The route was marked by a red stripe with the 

white letters "DH", usually with a white stripe above and below. The logo was commonly painted on utility poles.

  1. Dixie Highway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    The Dixie Highway was a United States automobile highway, first planned in 1914 to connect the US Midwest with the Southern United States. It was part of the ...
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  3. Dixie Highway (RVD) - U.S. Highways


    Nov 29, 2001 - Guide to this eastern U.S. highway system of the early 1900s.

  4. 1923 Dixie Highway Map - U.S. Highways


    The Dixie Highway in 1923. 1923 official map. Go Back.

  5. The Historic Context of the Dixie Highway - US Highways


    The Dixie Highway is significant nationally as the first highway to link the rural American South to the urban North. The construction of this interstate highway ...

  6. Dixie Highway 90-mile Yard Sale | Facebook


    Dixie Highway 90-mile Yard Sale. 2695 likes · 3 talking about this. The 90-mile yard sale is the first weekend in June annually throughout northwest Georgia's ...

  7. The Dixie Highway in Georgia | Facebook


    The Dixie Highway in Georgia. 265 likes · 3 talking about this. We are a group of historians with New South Associates working on mapping and researching the ...

  8. Touring Dixie Highway in Indiana - Cruise-IN.com


    A tour of the Dixie Highway in Indiana from South Bend to New Albany. Travel it now, before the I 69 extension obliterates some original road segments.

  9. Florida Scenic Highways » Heritage Crossroads – Miles of History ...


    The historic communities of Espanola, Bunnell, and Flagler Beach are tied to Florida's early transportation. Take a ride down OldDixie Highway, built in 1914.

  10. THE Dixie Highway - Ohio Lincoln Highway League


    IN SEARCH OF . . . THE DIXIE HIGHWAY IN OHIO Page One Michael G. Buettner February, 2006. By the fall of 1914, Carl G. Fisher was no longer at front and ...

  11. Dixie Highway in Michigan - Roger Reini's Site


    This is an illustrated description of a southbound trip down the famous Dixie Highway, the eastern branch of which went from Sault Ste. Marie down to Florida.