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The 19th and early 20th centuries were a golden age of boosterism where cities and towns across America promoted themselves as the next big interest, a town with a future, or the new cultural capital of the world. Often, boosters had ties to local real estate interests. “The Youngest Great City of the World” was applied to San Francisco in 1879, Brooklyn in 1883, Tokyo Japan in 1888, but it really started being applied to Chicago in the build up to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Chicago seems to have kept the unofficial title of “The World’s Youngest Great City” until at least 1919, when it was used in relation to Gary Krist’s book, City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago.
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The 12 Days Of Disaster That Made Modern Chicago. Wbur.org. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.wbur.org/npr/150813977/the-12-days-of-disaster-that-made-mod....