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Louise Nelson Dyble
Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI 49931-1200)

Chicago's Calumet Industrial District: Transportation, Place and Justice in a Globalizing City

This project will produce a book tracing the fate of Chicago's Calumet industrial district as city leaders sought to achieve 'global city' status since World War II. Struggles over three important transportation projects will frame a larger story of political, social and economic change: the Chicago Skyway bridge, the Calumet Harbor and Port, and the Lake Calumet Airport. It will address one of the central ironies of infrastructure dedicated to supporting global city aspirations: the facilities that provide critical long-distance connections have often effectively disconnected local places, bypassing and fragmenting neighborhoods while enforcing the gap between core and periphery at the city scale. Chicago has been hailed as an exceptional urban success, but that success was socially limited and geographically concentrated. This project will consider the context and motivations of decisions that accelerated economic decline and exacerbated environmental injustice.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 7/31/2013