Flashing lights of a railroad crossing light the night sky in front of the water tower on central village square in Riverside, Illinois. Riverside is the first planned community in the United States, and was commissioned for a design by well-known landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux. An affluent suburban community nine miles west of Chicago, Riverside maintains the original aesthetic charm that was planned to appeal to people desiring a “rural” location.
The town might not have ever been popular had it not been for the disastrous Chicago fire of 1871 which served as an impetus for people to move away from the crowded, urban setting.
- MELISSA FARLOW
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- National Geographic Frederick Law Olmstead MM6560