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2011 House Tour Poster imagePullman Named American Planning Association 2011 Great Neighborhood

October 4, 2011 - The Historic Pullman Foundation is proud to announce that Pullman has been designated by the American Planning Association (APA) as one of the 10 Great Neighborhoods in their 2011 Great Places in America program.

Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale will join the American Planning Association (APA) today as APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP announces the designation of the Pullman Neighborhood as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2011 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. APA Great Places awards highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value.

The APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes unique and authentic characteristics found in three essential components of all communities – streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces. APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live and are defined by many things including planning, architectural styles, accessibility and community involvement.

The APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes unique and authentic characteristics found in three essential components of all communities – streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces. APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live and are defined by many things including planning, architectural styles, accessibility and community involvement.

The Historic Pullman Foundation thanks the APA for this honor and congratulates the other Great Places recipients. We hope that everyone will take time to recognize this and all of other the Great Places in America!

American Planning Association
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Great Neighborhood 2011: Pullman
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 American Planning Association Designates
The Pullman Neighborhood a Top 10 Great Neighborhood for 2011
Novel company town noted for planning, design, civic involvement

CHICAGO (October 4, 2011) – Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale joined the American Planning Association (APA) today as APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP announced the designation of the Pullman Neighborhood as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2011 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. APA Great Places awards highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value.

APA selected Pullman for its innovative approach to providing workforce housing, its park-like plan and intriguing architecture, and its residents’ efforts to preserve the community. An experiment in industrial order and community planning, Pullman features a design that, while intelligent in 1880, is also “smart” today. 

“Pullman is a unique example of linking historic preservation and neighborhood revitalization,” said Beale, whose 9th ward of Chicago encompasses the Pullman neighborhood. “The planning features built into the original 1880 plan give this community a unique stability and contributed to its ability to successfully adapt to change and challenge for more than a century.”

The APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes unique and authentic characteristics found in three essential components of all communities – streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces. APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live and are defined by many things including planning, architectural styles, accessibility and community involvement.

“I congratulate all of Pullman on being named one of the ‘Great Places in America,’” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement. “Pullman is a place that has maintained its identity for more than 130 years, celebrating its history while embracing change and growth. This is a well-deserved honor for one of Chicago’s great neighborhoods.”

Since APA began Great Places in America in 2007, 50 neighborhoods, 50 streets and 40 public spaces have been designated in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“While the idea of a company town wasn’t new, George Pullman’s initial execution of it in 1880 may well be the most successful,” said Farmer. “The village’s amenities – such as indoor plumbing, gas lighting and cross ventilation in every house – and its garden-park design were unheard of in working-class communities. These features, along with others that were also ahead of their time, have contributed to the successful revival of this urban village.”

Pullman, who owned a luxury railroad passenger car manufacturing company, believed the built environment could contribute to a worker’s productivity. He created an $8 million “complete” community on 4,000 acres near Lake Calumet, 12 miles south of Chicago, modeled on villages in Essen, Germany and Saltaire, England. The project was voted the world’s most perfect town at the 1896 Prague International Hygienic and Pharmaceutical Exposition.

The landscape design featured a winding carriage path and circular flower beds to soften the neighborhood’s formal street grid, with Queen Anne designs on building exteriors.

A boulevard separated the residential and industrial districts. The industrial complex, now a state historic site undergoing restoration, included an upscale hotel, market, shopping arcade, library and other amenities. Other features included an elementary school, inter-denominational church, and several parks, plus pioneering sanitary sewer and water systems and other forward thinking environmental features.

12,000 people lived in Pullman in 1893.  An 1898 court order in the wake of a worker strike forced the Pullman Palace Car Co. to sell its residential assets, and in 1889 the City of Chicago annexed the area.

Beginning in 1960, residents fought a plan to demolish the neighborhood to create an industrial park, spurring the formation of the Pullman Civic Organization. In 1971 the district was declared a National Historic Landmark and in 1972 it was designated a City of Chicago Landmark District. In 1975 the Historic Pullman Foundation saved the Hotel Florence. In 1991, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency formed the Pullman State Historic Site including the factory and hotel. Preservation efforts continue today.

Pullman organizations sponsor numerous volunteer-driven programs and events, from an annual house tour (this year to be held on October 8 & 9) co-sponsored by the Historic Pullman Foundation and PCO to raise funds for building restoration projects and educational tours by the Foundation. Special events range from a winter candlelight house tour and Mexican Independence Day festival to neighborhood projects that include beekeeping, Morris dancing choral music performances, visual arts displays, and the Pullman Urban Gardeners’ organic community garden

For more information about this year’s APA awardees and past winners, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces.

This year's Great Places in America are being celebrated as part of APA's National Community Planning Month during October; for more about the special month, visit www.planning.org/ncpm.

The mission of the Historic Pullman Foundation is to facilitate the preservation and restoration of original structures within the Town of Pullman and to promote public awareness of the significance of Pullman as one of the nation’s first planned industrial communities, now a designated City of Chicago, State of Illinois and National landmark district.
www.pullmanil.org.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill. For more information, visit www.planning.org.

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