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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Central Manufacturing District in Chicago



a logistics and business incubator that focuses on advanced food production methods energy efficient off-grid and resilient neighborhoods

The Chicago Central Manufacturing District - CMD - is a 265-acre - 1.07 km2 industrial park. The CMD began in 1905 with development of a square mile adjacent to the Union Stockyards with streets, sewers, rail facilities, docks, and other improvements. The district had its own architectural department and its own engineers to supervise the construction that it provided for its customers.






Location the CMD is at the geographical center of Chicago, fourteen miles from the North city limits and fourteen miles from the South city limits. At 35th Street, Chicago is approximately seven miles wide, the Central Manufacturing District being located about half-way between the Lake and the western city limits and only about four miles from the City Hall.




 
CMD was the Nation’s First Planned Industrial District
CMD Lots were standardized to accommodate the most economical building units, eliminate waste ground, and easy accessibility. The CMD reduced rental and interest payments, extended credit, and forgave temporary payments during the Depression of the 1930s and provided good housing built for workers at cost near the plants.
The South Side of Chicago by 1915, some two hundred firms were using the CMD, many renting space with the option to buy, providing a work location for 40,000 people. By 1923, 48 percent of Chicago's population lived within four miles - 6 km - of the CMD. The south bend of the Chicago River provided easy water transportation making Chicago the geographical nexus of the nation's productive activity, the center of its markets and the hub of its railways. Forty-seven percent of Chicago’s population resides on the South Side. The growth of the city has been, and is likely to be, south and west; therefore, the natural location for industries serving the city’s needs is at a point central and convenient to the area of the city’s greatest consuming density.



Food Production Energy Efficiency and Resilient Neighborhoods



Agriculture and Food each fall brought a bountiful harvest for the citizens who planted, cultivated, and harvested the CMD’s Cabbage Patch; the stockyards and freight station handled the greatest livestock business in the world with direct connections to every railroad entering Chicago. Today, the CMD is positioned to lead again with the creation of self-sustaining communities, including:
Off-grid Neighborhoods with renewable energy capabilities, water management and waste-to-resource systems generating surplus energy, water and food that enable self-reliant and resilient neighborhoods.
Self-sufficient Neighborhoods with indoor vegetable, outdoor seasonal gardens and high-tech vertical farms, composted household waste generate their own energy from using a mixture of geothermal, solar, solar thermal, wind, and biomass distributed by a smart grid as well as a biogas plant will turn any non-compostable household waste into power and water.
Integrated Neighborhoods with High-yield Organic Food Production
Advanced Methods for Growing Food such as aquaponics, permaculture, food forests, and high-yield organic farming, grow more food with 90% less water. Organic food from vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, fish, eggs and chicken year round long as supplementing seasonal gardens fertilized by livestock waste.
A Logistics and Business Incubator
A Community Project that draws on the history, traditions and talents unique to this town and region to create new sustainable wealth and economic opportunities designed to:
Improve local knowledge and expertise,
Ensure accountability and responsibility by participants,
 
Educate visitors to respect local values and traditions, 
Utilize market forces to achieve economies of scale and purchasing power, and
Generate capital resources for small enterprises.
Where history and culture, knowledge and learning, local citizens and visitors, the past and the future come together and, building on past achievements, create new opportunities with
Ready to Implement Sustainable Green Projects that cover the entire spectrum of services for energy production and water resources management, training, work study and other professional enrichment, project development and implementation programs.
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