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Identifier: chicagohistoryfor00harp
Title: Chicago, a history and forecast
Year: 1921 (1920s)
Authors: Harper, William Hudson, 1857- ed Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry Quaife, Milo Milton, 1880-1959 McIlvaine, Mabel
Subjects: Chicago (Ill.) — Description and travel Chicago (Ill.) — History
Publisher: [Chicago] The Chicago association of commerce

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ctionstarted in the near future. The wastes from this industryare equivalent to the domestic sewage of 1,000,000 peo-ple, so this plant will be a project of some size. Finally will come the Southwest Side treatmentproject, which will handle the sewage of about 2,000,000people who will live south of the Loop and river andnorth of Eighty-seventh Street. All the sewage treatment plants will be designed witha view toward future expansion. Sufficient land is pur-chased at each site to make room for the future growth.The population to be served will be near 5,000,000 peo-ple by 1950, but it will not stop at that figure. Whenthe above outlined program is carried out the ChicagoRiver and the drainage channels, instead of receivingraw sewage as at present, will receive clear effluent fromthe treatment plants and the improvement over presentconditions will be as great as the present is over the past,when the Chicago River was in fact an open sewer anda menace to the health of the community. 219

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_bC cfi u a 3 -a *^ >. ft 1 -r rt o 4-1 O e ft ^ Kn ^— o•^ £3 220 CHICAGO NEEDS CONVENTION HALL Cities Seeking to Dispute Chicagos Lead as Convention Center Build Fit Meeting Place—Exposition Hall— Municipal Pier—Public Garage Chicago greatly needs a convention hall which shouldbe a town meeting hall, auditorium and exhibit hall com-bined, with smaller meeting and exhibition halls in-cluded. It should have a seating capacity of upwards of7,000 in the main auditorium with smaller halls seating50, 200, 500 and 1,000 respectively. It should have rail-road connections and so located as to be convenient ofaccess from all parts of the city. Chicago is each yearlosing a number of valuable conventions and exhibitswith and without conventions because of lack of suitablefacilities in which to hold such gatherings. Other citiessuch as Milwaukee and Cleveland have facilities to carefor the larger affairs beyond Chicagos accommodations. An ear

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