National Geographic : 1967 Jun
by barge from the Indiana dunes and dumped where Lake Michigan laps the tree-vaulted, grassy grounds. An outer ring of steel and rocks keeps the lake out. I hiked across the James Roscoe Miller Campus: 74 acres of new land for learning (page 774), which nearly doubles the original area. By now the pattern was plain to me: "What next?" is the story of Chicago. And I know that Boomtown, U. S. A. will boom on. The tiny suburb of Weston, for instance, has been selected as the site of the Atomic Energy Com mission's giant $300,000,000 atom smasher. 766 Someday, city planners told me, they hope to remove the elevated railway from down town, opening up several major streets. Some day, they hope to consolidate Chicago's rail road terminals; wastefully, the city now has six taking up extremely valuable land downtown. Development plans are being drawn for a 16-block lake-front area along the Loop and near-south side now occupied by parking lots, railroad tracks, and warehouses. In their stead will spring towering office buildings, apart ment houses, hotels, and the other appurte nances of the modern city. Chicago's slogan, I think, tells it all: "I Will!"