Bostonian Gives Ideal City Recipe

Chicago Tribune, June 12, 1907

TO MAKE A PERFECT CITY–Take one-half of the culture of Boston and one-half of the energy of Chicago. Mix thoroughly and allow to soak for a while in an atmosphere of civic righteousness. Serve hot or cold, according to taste.– Recipe of John F. Fitzgerald, mayor of Boston, Mass.

“Mayor Fitzgerald of the effete east,” grandfather of John Fitzgerald Kennedy had arrived in “the metropolis of the west” with an entourage to purchase bronze doors for a bridge over the Charles. He further “marveled at [Chicago's] energy and industry, its length breadth and thickness, and its poorly paved streets.” He went on to say:

“We of Boston have the civilization of 250 years behind us,” he said, “while you are a new people and still in your constructive period. If we could giveĀ  you half of our culture for a similar amount of your industry and energy what a happy combination it would be.”

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