Do you know the story of Chicago’s Daniel Burnham? He was the one who rebuilt Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871 and his words above have been an inspiration to me since I was in middle school.
“Few individuals have had more impact on the American city than architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. In the midst of late 19th century urban disorder, Burnham offered a powerful vision of what a civilized American city could look like. He built some of the first skyscrapers in the world; directed construction of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition that inspired the City Beautiful Movement; and created urban plans for Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Manila—all before the profession of urban planning existed. In fact, some say that he invented it.”
Get the rest of the article here: Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City | PBS.