The City in a Garden by Prof. J Hansen

“City in a Garden” goes back to Hyde Park’s roots as a retreat from city life and details the history of the parks that surround the area: Jackson Park, Washington Park and the Midway Plaisance. (Courtesy of Special Collections Research Center)

Prof. John Mark Hansen has called Hyde Park home for more than 30 years. In a new book, Hansen, one of the nation’s leading scholars of American politics, traces the origins of the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhoods from 1853.

The City in a Garden takes its title from a translation of the city of Chicago’s motto, Urbs in horto, and harkens back to Hyde Park’s roots as a retreat from city life. It also delves into the history of the major parks that surround the neighborhoods: Jackson Park, Washington Park and the Midway Plaisance. Hansen seeks to inspect the “place-ness” of the area by taking inspiration from the individuals who lived there during its development.

hRead the full article by Emily R. Ehret, AB'19 via this link.