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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joseph P. Schwieterman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- Joseph P. Schwieterman on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Schwieterman lives in the south suburbs.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joseph P. Schwieterman is a nationally known authority on air, bus, and train travel. He has spent more than three decades studying the country's ever-changing transportation system. A professor in the School of Public Service, he is also the Director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. Since joining the School of Public Service at DePaul, he has built strong links to area transportation organizations and works closely with DePaul's Real Estate Center.He holds a masters of transportation from Northwestern University and Ph.D. in public policy studies at the University of Chicago. Schwieterman is president of the Chicago chapter of the Transportation Research Forum and a member of the Midway Historians, Shore Line Interurban Historical Society, and Midwest High Speed Rail Association. He is a memeber of the Amercian Planning Association and a regular on WBBM News Radio 780 (CBS) and National Public Radio.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Air Cargo & the Opening of China: New Opportunities for Hong Kong (Friedman Lecture Fund Monograph)
ISBN: 962201612X

Chinese Univ Pr. 1993

Book by Schwieterman, Joseph P.

Voices from the Past, Visions for the Future : A Modern Assessment of Harry F. Chaddick's 18 Essential Planning Ideas for Chicago
ISBN: 0967906105

Chaddick Institute of Metropolitan Development. 2000

This book offers a retrospective look at the ambitious planning ideas Chaddick espoused throughout his long and illustrious career. It weighs the progress--or, in some cases, the lack of progress--that has been made on issues Chaddick considered essential to the betterment of our regional community. In reviewing notable successes and failures in Chicago's efforts to facilitate effective urban planning, salient lessons emerge from Chaddick's vision for its future.

Shaping Contemporary Suburbia: Perspectives on Development Control in Metropolitan Chicago
ISBN: 0967906113

Law Bulletin Publishing Co.. 2001

Shaping Contemporary Suburbia explores municipal policies that pose fascinating and far-reaching consequences for the regional quality of life. Illustrated with more than 30 maps and photographs, it offers a comprehensive look at the strategies local governments in the Chicago metropolitan area use to enhance their appearance, character, and efficiency. It includes chapters on techniques to improve the attractiveness of retail strips, the appearance of signs and billboards, the regulation of home-based businesses, the quality of day-care centers, the "sustainability" of development, and other aspects of suburban development. Shaping Contemporary Suburbia is well-suited for use by community leaders, local planning boards, and college-level students.

When the Railroad Leaves Town: American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment, Eastern United States
ISBN: 0943549981

Truman State University Press. 2001

This volume tells of closing rail lines from historic junctions, ageing industrial centres, agricultural villages, and familiar tourist destinations throughout the eastern half of the United States. Joseph Schwieterman takes a look at events that contributed to the demise of railroads in 64 towns and cities distinguished by their notable railroad histories or unusual experiences with rail line abandonment. Rail line abandonment claimed more than half of US rail route mileage during the past 50 years and is accompanied by controversial and unexpected developments -- events affecting communities years after the last train departed. This book is a concise narrative, with contrasting photos of local train stations in their prime and after abandonment.

When the Railroad Leaves Town: American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment--Western U.S.
ISBN: 1931112142

Truman State Univ Press. 2004

The history of the American West is an epic tale richly accompanied by railroads. From the Illinois prairie to the shores of Oahu, many legendary rail lines are now just dusty trails bereft of their former significance. These abandoned routes show the profound changes that affect the way we travel and conduct business. Through the use of maps, photographs, and a fast-moving narrative, Schwieterman illustrates the circumstances surrounding the rise and fall of rail service in fifty-eight communities distinguished for their notable railroad histories.

The Politics of Place: A History of Zoning in Chicago (Illinois)
ISBN: 1893121267

Lake Claremont Press. 2006

Chicago is renowned for its distinctive skyline, its bustling Loop business district, and its diverse neighborhoods. How the face of Chicago came to be is a story of enterprise, ingenuity, opportunity—and zoning. Until now, however, there has not been a book that focuses on the important, often surprising, role of zoning in shaping the "The City that Works."

Beyond Burnham: An Illustrated History of Planning for the Chicago Region
ISBN: 0982315619

Lake Forest College Press. 2009

Book by Schwieterman, Joseph P, Mammoser, Alan P

Terminal Town: An Illustrated Guide to Chicago's Airports, Bus Depots, Train Stations, and Steamship Landings, 1939 - Present
ISBN: 0982315694

Lake Forest College Press. 2014

Whether by road, rail, water, or sky . . . people come to Chicago. In droves. In waves of migration and immigration. For work and for play. But how do they get to Chicago? Terminal Town answers this question with a fast-moving history of Chicago’s many passenger transportation terminals. These have, for generations, served as defining features of the city’s cosmopolitan character. Showcasing great icons of transportation, including Chicago’s Union Station, Dearborn Station, and Midway and O’Hare airports, as well as lesser-known and long-gone terminals throughout the metropolitan region, this book illustrates why the Windy City so richly deserves its reputation as America’s premier travel hub.

Featuring 48 stations and terminals through short narrative, 215 color photographs, and 20 custom maps, Terminal Town provides a fascinating portrait of the city’s famously complex and constantly changing transportation system.

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