The Crescent City disaster : a small town rebuilds
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Architecture
Lynch, Mary Patricia
Disasters -- Case Studies.
Crescent City, Ill.
Crescent City is a small town located in the center
of Iroquois County in east central Illinois. Its
population in 1977 was about 700. On June 20, 1970,
a freight train transporting liquid propane gas derailed
in Crescent City, causing a series of explosions
which virtually leveled the town's business
district. Many homes were also destroyed and others
substantially damaged. This research project intended
to describe the redevelopment process in
Crescent City's business district after the disaster. Our goals were twofold: first, that the information
gathered about Crescent City's redevelopment could
become part of a later comparative study; and second,
that the description be useful, as is, to architects
and planners working at the scale of the small town.
It is our hope that the analytic framework which we
have developed to describe the redevelopment can be
used to describe other specific development processes.
Urbana, Ill. : University of Illinois, Dept. of Architecture.