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Spots park people, not cars, outside local businesses

Three summers have passed since Chicago became one of the first U.S. cities to reimagine on-street parking as places to “park” people, instead of cars. At MPC, we know these types of Placemaking tools have a lasting positive effect on neighborhoods and the people who live in them. This summer, we surveyed all nine Spots across the city to learn more about how people are using them and to gauge their economic impact.

It didn't surprise us to learn that People Spots bring more foot traffic, increase sales and improve the character of a neighborhood. Read our study to get the stats and hear from local business owners.

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For 80 years, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area’s toughest planning and development challenges. MPC works to solve today's urgent problems while consistently thinking ahead to prepare the region for the needs of tomorrow. Read more about our work »

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