Chicago is the first big American city to discard two thirds of its obsolete building code and to set up and simplify new standards which will stimulate better construction at a lower cost. Writing in the Atlanlic for February, 1945, ROBERT LASCH described what would hare to be done to break the building blockade and to dislodge the protected interests which would fight to the last to hold on to their archaic regulations. In the article that follows, he explains how the job was done. After eight years as editorial writer for the Chicago Sun, Mr. Lasch has moved to the editorial page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
What did PM as edited by Ralph Ingersoll prove about independent journalism? The answer is to be found in this masterly analysis by ROBERT LASCH, a leading editorial writer who served on Marshall Field’s Chicago Sun and is today one of the dependables on the staff of the Chicago Sun-Times. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, a Rhodes Scholar, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Mr. Lasch is the author of an authoritative book on housing, and of the prizewinning essay in the Freedom of the Press Contest conducted by the Atlantic in 1944.