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Kayaking into the urban canyon
On Tuesday, June 23, a few MPCers went out with the Chicago Area Sea Kayakers Association to kayak the South Branch of the Chicago River from Ping Tom Park in Chinatown to the western edge of the new downtown Riverwalk extension. Here, MPC Managers Danielle Gallet and Kara Riggio reflect on their…
Everyone in Chicago should have equal access to our rivers
  • By Chloe Gurin-Sands, Masters student, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jun 15, 2015
I recently had the chance to meet with Josh Ellis and Kara Riggio of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) to learn more about their Great Rivers Chicago Project. The mission of the project is to reimagine and revitalize how we as Chicagoans interact with our rivers. The City of Chicago has more…
Why aren’t we talking about segregation in Chicago?
It will be no surprise to you when I say that Chicago is a segregated city. In fact, a 2012 study by the Manhattan Institute went so far as to say that Chicago is the United States’ most racially segregated city. Last week, the Reader called Chicago’s segregation “The most…
Comments on 2015 Chicago Transit Authority budget
The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) commends the Chicago Transit Authority’s 2015 budget proposal. Over the past four years, the transit authority has made great strides toward balancing its budget, has generally increased its ridership and has invested appropriately in the upgrade of the…
“Going Solo” in Chicago, part 1
“Interdependence makes our independence possible.” So we learned from Eric Klinenberg, author of the 2012 book Going Solo, at MPC’s most recent Urban Think & Drink on Tuesday, May 20. The event, sponsored by Wight & Co, a design and construction firm, drew a crowd of more…
Immeasurable Loss: Modernizing Lake Michigan Water Use
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  • May 7, 2013
Download infographics from report (EPS and PNG formats, 2.4MB) The Chicago area is privileged to be situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the third largest of the Great Lakes, which altogether account for 20 percent of the world’s readily available freshwater. Lake Michigan supports a…
Rain Check: Regional Solutions to Stormwater Management
MPC Research Assistant Matt Nichols authored this post Imagine a Chicago where a long-polluted river serves as a genuine second waterfront for residents to enjoy. Think of what could be possible if every property owner captured and re-used the thousands of gallons of rain water that falls on…
Mayors Barrett of Milwaukee, Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Emanuel of Chicago scheduled to discuss mega-regional priorities at MPC Annual Luncheon
  • Jul 25, 2012
Metropolitan Planning Council recognizes Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s GO TO 2040 with Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning, and retired ComEd CEO Frank Clark with Jean Allard Regional Trailblazer Award CHICAGO— The mayors of Chicago, Milwaukee, Wis., and Gary, Ind.…
Chicago, MPC ready to get to work with Mayor Emanuel
How the passage of time makes us reflect. I was extraordinarily fortunate that oh, let’s just say some years ago, then-Mayor-elect Richard M. Daley took a risk on a 24-year-old and gave me the chance to prove myself and to be part of making a difference in this city, even while making some…
Lessons in transit: How Chicagoland can improve its transit network
What ideas do you have for making our region’s transit system more attractive, efficient and reliable? Every few weeks MPC produces Talking Transit, an e-newsletter highlighting transit innovations from around the world, to spark some new thinking for our transit system – and we’d…

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