Scoundrel, Visionary or Humanitarian?

Bill, from BW Thoughts BW Fiction sent us this fab historical mural. (worth a click for a better look!)

Photo © Bill Webb
Photo © Bill Webb

Circa 1870,   Mr Pullman built a town so the factory workers in his factory could have clean air,  running water, plumbing & good schools for their kids.

Photo © Bill Webb
Photo © Bill Webb

He financed the town with bonds & charged the people rent. The company did all the maintenance and kept the houses, landscaping and parks clean & pristine.

Photo © Bill Webb
Photo © Bill Webb

Then  came a recession. He cut wages. but didn’t cut rents.  This started the rail-road strikes. Pullman was reviled, became called despicable & un-American.
Now, over 100 years later,  some of these houses are still in use.

Photo © Bill Webb
Photo © Bill Webb

 Pics taken by Bill Webb – July 3, 2015

Pullman, Chicago, Illinois

THANK YOU BILL!

And Thank you for allowing me to paraphrase your words!

 

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