Chicago Was Raised Over Four Feet in the 19th Century to Build Its Sewer

In the middle of the 19th century, Chicago embarked on a quest to literally lift itself out of the mud. Water couldn’t drain from the low-lying city, so its streets became impassable swamps. The most reasonable solution, Chicago decided, was just to raise the whole goddamn city by 4 to 14 feet.

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Source: io9 – Chicago Was Raised Over Four Feet in the 19th Century to Build Its Sewer

Chicago Was Raised Over Four Feet in the 19th Century to Build Its Sewer

In the middle of the 19th century, Chicago embarked on a quest to literally lift itself out of the mud. Water couldn’t drain from the low-lying city, so its streets became impassable swamps. The most reasonable solution, Chicago decided, was just to raise the whole goddamn city by 4 to 14 feet.

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Source: Gizmodo – Chicago Was Raised Over Four Feet in the 19th Century to Build Its Sewer