Aerial Photos Show Chicago's Growth

Lawrence Okrent is a Chicago planning and zoning consultant and also a photographer. Recreating a series of aerial photographs from 1985, he shows the remarkable growth of the city over the last 15 years.
April 30, 2011, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Okrent's new book, "Chicago From the Sky: A Region Transformed," is full of these comparison aerial photographs. Blair Kamin says the book often reads "as a paean to Chicago's unquenchable appetite for change."

Kamin says that Okrent does not take a position one way or another on whether the growth was good or bad for the city:

"Readers must draw their own conclusions, though the sharp-eyed will surely be able to discern key trends, among them how Daley's love for planting trees has softened once-mean streets."

A photo gallery can be seen over at The Chicago Tribune.

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