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Maxwell StreetWriting and Thinking Place$
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Tim Cresswell

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226604114

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226604398.001.0001

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(p.21) Part Two Market/Place
Maxwell Street

Tim Cresswell

University of Chicago Press

Part Two is a long hybrid essay about the 100 year history of the area surrounding the Maxwell Street market in Chicago. Using a juxtaposition of original passages, archival material, and secondary sources, the essay accounts for the origins, history, and demise of the market, the many attempts of writers to grapple with the area (novelists, journalists, researchers, planners etc.), the long history of photographing the market (documentary, street, and art photography), the (de)valuing of the area through urban renewal and tax increment financing, the fascination with waste, the use of lists, the multi-sensory experience of the market, the heterogeneous performance and practice of the market, and other tangents which cumulatively provide an account of a particular place. The point is to both provide an account of a place in all its cumulative messiness and to demonstrate the value of a paratactic and montage-based approach to place-writing.

Keywords:   Maxwell Street, Chicago, wiring, value, photography, urban renewal, tax increment financing

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