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Sixty years ago, more than 65 percent of the Chicago metropolitan area's population lived within the city of Chicago’s limits; today, less than 30 percent does. Like regions across the United States, Chicagoland’s growing suburban demographic formed as a result of a number of sociological, environmental and economic trends. With this population shift, today’s suburbs face new challenges, from growing poverty to poor access to public transportation.
Author Ben Ross' brand-new book, Dead End, offers a compelling history of this American suburbanization and pairs it with an articulate vision for how our nation’s suburbs and metropolitan areas can adapt to the needs of the 21st Century. At this MPC author event on June 4, he will discuss his book, as well as his role leading the charge for a new light rail line in suburban Maryland—and how his experience in Washington, D.C.’s, transforming suburbs can inform MPC’s work on suburban housing strategies, equitable transit-oriented development and regional planning.
This event is a free brownbag; please bring your lunch. Books will be for sale on site, courtesy of City Lit Books. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is recommended.