May 28, 2011

chad gerth: empty lots

chicago & kedvale

fullerton & knox

division & latrobe

armitage & lamon

chicago & avers

chicago & avers

chicago’s great physical feature is not the height of its skyscrapers, but the flatness of its terrain. to take advantage of the endless midwestern plains, it is laid out in a persistent grid that lays waste to the land, ignoring all geographic features. aside from a splendid lake front, there is no conformity to markers such as rivers, valleys, or hills, as in cities like toronto or boston. chicago is the city’s city.

all content copyright © chad gerth
via and

thanks to christopher jobson at colossal! for the link!