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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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Published monthly, MPC’s Talking Transit provides updates about transit-related activities around…
“The past devours the future:” Chicago and the growth of global inequality “The past devours the future:” Chicago and the growth of global inequality
  • The Connector
  • By Breann Gala and MPC Research Assistant Nora Taplin
  • Sep 16, 2014
In his recent best-seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, French economist Thomas Piketty…

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