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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…
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…
Discovering hidden Chicago places
This post was written by Aleece Smith, MPC research assistant. Lincoln Park has its gangster-era haunts, Uptown has the Aragon and The Green Mill, the Magnificent Mile has all that shopping, and the Loop has, well, it’s the Loop. But wait! You missed so much! Your trip to Chicago is not…
Renovated affordable homes to be showcased in Chicago Lawn this Saturday
A number of renovated affordable homes in the Chicago Lawn community on Chicago’s Southwest Side will be featured during a home tour this Saturday, June 12. These homes are among a group of Chicago properties that have been rehabbed through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the goal of…
Get ready to ride with Chicago's updated bike map
Chicagoland bicyclists now have the most up-to-date riding and route information thanks to the release of the 5th Edition Chicagoland Bike Map, produced by the Active Transportation Alliance, one of MPC's many Chicago-area partners. The new edition features: Expanded coverage to the north up to…

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