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Summer book club, part 1

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6 July 2023

Episode 612

29 minutes


Photo: Chicago History Museum/ Hedrich-Blessing Collection

We call our summer meeting of The Urbanist book club with two titles that tell stories of American urbanisation, from the suburban boom and Asian immigration to the creation of Chicago’s iconic skyline.  

6 July 2023

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

‘Resisting Change in Suburbia’

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James Zarsadiaz takes us through the pages of his book exploring the story of the American suburb and the history of Asian immigration in the United States.

16 minutes

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Chapter 2

11 minutes


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Chapter 2

‘Chicago Skyscrapers, 1934 to 1986’

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Thomas Leslie discusses his new book which takes us through the history of Chicago’s post-war skyscraper boom and how it shaped the city.

11 minutes

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