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General Information

Name:  Janice Metzger  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1950


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Illinois Connection

Janice Metzger resided in Chicago almost all of her adult life, over 30 of those years in Wicker Park where she remained involved until the end with various neighborhood organizations and issues.

Biographical and Professional Information

When her three sons, were growing up, Janice Metzger immersed herself in community issues, particularly public school issues. She held a number of voluntary positions with parent-school organizations and was appointed to the Desegregation Monitoring Commission. In 1987, following a forty day teachers' strike, Mayor Harold Washington named Metzger one of four co-chairs of the Parent Community Council of his Education Summit. Although Mayor Washington died shortly after naming the council, the summit went on to propose sweeping reforms of the system, and to win most of the legislative changes needed to enact the reforms. During this period she was also on the board of Association House of Chicago, and was vice president of the first editorial board of Catalyst, an education reform journal published by the Community Renewal Society.From 1995 to 2009, Metzger worked for the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a public policy and advocacy organization located in Wicker Park.


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Titles At Your Library

What Would Jane Say? City-Building Women and a Tale of Two Chicagos
ISBN: 1893121909

Lake Claremont Press. 2007

In response to the Burnham Plan's centennial, author Janice Metzger digs into the 1909 Plan of Chicago, revealing not just what Burnham and the Commercial Club put into their master plan, but what they left out. What Would Jane Say? tells the tale of two approaches to city-building in the early 1900s and the people and ideas behind them. It also tells the story of what was created in Chicago and what could have been created. Metzger sets a detailed stage of Chicago at the turn of twentieth century—the players and the movements, the problems and the reform efforts, the conflicts and the possibilities—she takes readers into speculative chapters devoted to transportation, law, housing, neighborhood development, immigration, labor, health, and education. What would Jane Addams and her peers say if they had been involved in the Plan of Chicago? Using painstaking research, historical detail, and a pinch of imagination, Metzger thinks she has a pretty good idea…

City Beautiful, City Livable

What Would Jane Say? tells the tale of two approaches to city-building in the early 1900s and the people and ideas behind them. It also tells the story of what was created in Chicago and what could have been created.

In 1909, architecture giant Daniel Burnham, Edward Bennett, and the Commercial Club of Chicago developed the Plan of Chicago, primarily with personal and business interests in mind. They subscribed to the City Beautiful movement, which assumed that a city that was attractive and well organized would resolve the vexing troubles around them. At the same time, the formidable Jane Addams and many female contemporaries were engaged in city-building work of a different sort. Their achievements still resonate today, even if the women's names do not. They subscribed to City Livable ideas that addressed the social, economic, and cultural needs of the population. After author Janice Metzger sets a detailed stage of Chicago at the turn of twentieth century--the players and the movements, the problems and the reform efforts, the conflicts and the possibilities--she takes readers into wonderful speculative chapters in the areas of transportation, law, housing, neighborhood development, immigration, labor, health, and education. What would Jane Addams and her peers say if they had been involved in the Plan of Chicago? Using painstaking research, historical detail, and a pinch of imagination, Metzger thinks she has a pretty good idea.


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