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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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g stations oryards located on less valuable property and equippedfor sorting and schedule loading of L. C. L. freight.Indeed, the commission would apply the co-operativeprinciple by establishing in centers of traffic some uni-versal freight receiving stations for outbound L. C. L.freight. This would reduce unnecessary teaming andstreet congestion. The commission favors considerationof the two or more level plan in the future developmentof freight facilities in congested areas. Forthcoming electrification would be greatly reducedby simplifying and unifying the passenger tracks enter-ing the city; by removing the present tangle of lines;by establishment of direct instead of roundabout routes 181 within the city; and by the joint use of tracks availablefor and adequate for more railway companies than thosewhich now utilize these particular tracks. The adoptionof outlying co-operative freight stations would greatlysimplify the electrification of more central freight ter-minals and tracks.

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o bC IB 3o C/3 182 Since its creation the Railway Terminal Commissionhas acted in an advisory capacity to the city council onall matters pertaining to railway terminals. In this wayit has been enabled to direct all actions of the councilin matters pertaining to them. After the passage of the West Side union station ordi-nance, the two problems of greatest importance as affect-ing the terminal situation in the central business districtwere: first, the development of an adequate passengerterminal station on the property of the Illinois CentralRailroad on the lake front and Roosevelt Road; second,the straightening of the Chicago River and the rearrange-ment and consolidation of railroad terminal facilities inthe territory south of the Loop district between StateStreet and the Chicago River. The passage by the city council July 21, 1919, ofthe so-called Illinois Central-lake front ordinance wasthe culmination of several years intensive work on thepart of the commission and was considered

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