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Lecture by Louise N. Dyble: "Chicago and Its Skyway: the Cintra-Macquarie Lease in Historical Perspective" (UC Berkeley; May 4)

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  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal
    ... From: Malla Hadley Date: Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM Subject: May 4: UCB Alum Dr. Louise Nelson Dyble, Chicago and Its Skyway: the
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      From: Malla Hadley <malla@...>
      Date: Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM
      Subject: May 4: UCB Alum Dr. Louise Nelson Dyble, "Chicago and Its
      Skyway: the Cintra-Macquarie Lease in Historical Perspective"

      Special Presentation by Dr. Louise Nelson Dyble, UCB alum and
      Professor at Michigan Tech

      "Chicago and Its Skyway: the Cintra-Macquarie Lease in Historical Perspective"

      Wednesday, May 4, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
      Room 305, Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley campus

      (Co-sponsored by the University of California Transportation Center
      and Institute of Urban and Regional Development)

      The 99-year, $1.83 billion lease of the Chicago Skyway in 2004 was a
      landmark in the history of American toll roads, celebrated as a
      triumph for Chicago and an important precedent for future
      infrastructure concession agreements. The prior history of the Skyway
      had been characterized by remarkable failure. It was conceived in 1953
      to address an anticipated traffic crisis caused by piecemeal highway
      development and a lack of regional planning. Its financing was based
      upon faulty traffic projections compounded by deindustrialization,
      leading to one of the largest municipal bond defaults in history. Its
      management was plagued by charges of petty corruption and neglect, and
      contributed to the environmental degradation and decline of Southeast
      Chicago.

      This paper and presentation examines the history of Skyway failures,
      as well as the nature and context of the facility’s financial revival
      and reconstruction in the 1990s. It contributes an historical
      perspective on public-private partnerships in the context of changes
      in municipal policy, intergovernmental relations, global finance, and
      political ideology. Finally, it poses the question: did the
      spectacular, landmark 2004 lease represent the redemption and ultimate
      success of the Chicago Skyway? And if so, success for whom?

      Bio:

      Louise Nelson Dyble is assistant professor of history at Michigan
      Technological University, specializing in urban history,
      infrastructure and the built environment, and metropolitan government
      and governance. Her book, Paying the Toll: Local Power, Regional
      Politics, and the Golden Gate Bridge won the Abel Wolman Award of the
      Public Works Historical Society in 2009. Dyble completed a PhD in
      history at UC Berkeley and won the Urban History Association’s award
      for best dissertation in 2004. She was appointed as the Kevin Starr
      Fellow in California Studies in 2005 and the Weisman Postdoctoral
      Fellow in American History at the California Institute of Technology
      in 2006. Dyble spent two years as Associate Director of the Keston
      Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the
      University of Southern California. She has published articles about
      transportation policy in the Journal of Urban History, Technology and
      Culture, and the Journal of Planning History. Her article about Marin
      County’s freeway revolt won the 2007 Michael C. Robinson Award of the
      Public Works Historical Society. Her current research focuses on
      highway financing in the United States since from the 1920s through
      the present, with a focus on turnpikes and toll roads. (see
      http://www.social.mtu.edu/people/ldyble.htm.
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