|Rogers Park, 1923 Zoning Ordinance|
I find zoning maps interesting, especially when they represent the first attempt of a city to get a handle on it's own development. Does it reflect the neighborhood character or aspirations for the future? Generally it's an interweaving of the two.
You can see that the greatest volume was assigned to the area adjacent to the lakefront. This was a typical pattern for the 1923 code. With a maximum permitted height of 195' the blue zone would have allowed 20 story buildings throughout the area. It's hard to imagine what Rogers Park would be like if that had happened. Even the least dense district 1 (yellow) would allow buildings around 6 stories. As the legendary Homer Hoyt once observed, if Chicago had been built-out to the extent permitted in the 1923 Zoning Ordinance it would have housed the entire population of the United States.
|7062-7078 N. Wolcott, 1931|
This is my colorized Use District map for Rogers Park showing the locations zoned for industrial, commercial and residential development. Rogers Park's major commercial thoroughfares were (and are) Clark, Devon, Morse, and Howard. If you're familiar with the neighborhood you'll notice several additional commercial areas. Many of these never developed the way the zoning map envisioned, or at least not to the extent shown.
|1638-1646 W. Farwell, 1929|
Next week is vacation! So the next post may be even slower than usual...