Urban History Podcast #4, Elaine Lewinnek

Andrew Needham and Lily Geismer talk Chicago and suburbanization with Elaine Lewinnek, a professor of American Studies at Cal State Fullerton Her new book, The Working Man’s Reward: Chicago’s Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl, came out in the spring from Oxford University Press. (OUP, Amazon).  Looking at gendered notions of urban development and industrial labor, she traces key episodes in Chicago history including the Great Fire and its policy aftermath, uses literature like The Jungle as a lens for examining real estate, and traces a history of race and space before the 1919 race riot.

The first textbook of real estate appraisal, published in Chicago, was Frederick Babcock’s The Appraisal of Real Estate, from 1924.  Babcock is well known as one of the key figures in shaping the Home Ownership Loan Corporation and Federal Housing Administration’s appraisal practices.  (That same year, John Zangerle in Cleveland published Principles of Real Estate Appraising.)

The Union Stockyards was a centralized location for the holding and slaughter of midwestern livestock — the union of many smaller midcentury stockyards.  The remaining gate, built in 1875 and designed by J.W. Root of Burnham and Root, is located at Exchange and Peoria.

The Great Chicago Fire began October 10th, 1871.  The renowned report of the Chicago Relief Aid Society about the fire’s victims is available here.

More information about Samuel Eberly Gross, as well as an image of the advertisement on the book’s cover, is available from Chicagology.

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About LaDale Winling

LaDale Winling is assistant professor of history at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His book project, Building the Ivory Tower, examines the role of universities as urban developers in the 20th century. Learn more about him at Urban Oasis.

2 thoughts on “Urban History Podcast #4, Elaine Lewinnek

  1. I’m wondering, how familiar are you people with podcasting conventions? Because the Lewinnek download from Soundcloud (to which this item links)xh is a *327 MB* .wav file! This is unusual in 2 ways:

    * that file length is an order of magnitude longer than the usual hour-ish audio file

    * WAV files are uncompressed: compressed formats like MP3 and AAC/MP4 are *far* more common in the audio-podcast world

    You should note that

    * lots folks “in the real world” have bandwidth caps

    * many devices on which folks actually *play* audio have relatively small amounts of storage (< 10 GB)

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