1. Why does Chicago’s boulevard system exist?
The history of Chicago's green space dates back to the 19th century, when the city's nascent government coined the motto "Urbs in horto" (that's City in a Garden, for those of us who don't know Latin). Beginning in the mid-1800s, urban developer John S. Wright cultivated a vision of a network of narrow park systems that would ring the edges of the city, offering recreation and leisure space for its budding population. Construction began in the 1870s; now, the greenways serve as iconic fixtures on the South and West Sides of the city.