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A model for sustainable redevelopment in America's inner suburbs
On Nov. 4, the Cook County Board of Commissioners distributed more than $12 million in federal foreclosure recovery funding to two groups of communities in south and west Cook County. The funding is part of $28 million that the county received through the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development…
Chicago Community Databook

In coordination with the 2016 Fund for Chicago Neighborhoods, during the summer of 2008, MPC collected, analyzed and mapped data for communities that stood to be the most affected if Chicago won the bid. Despite the International Olympic Committee's decision, MPC’s Community Databook remains a useful resource for these communities, which are ripe for redevelopment.

Goal-Driven, Right-Sized and Coordinated: Federal Investment Reform for the 21st Century
In the midst of an unprecedented economic downturn, community, civic, government, nonprofit and foundation leaders across metropolitan Chicago are planting encouraging seeds of innovation. MPC has released a white paper documenting some of those innovative local efforts, and is seeking more examples to further build the case for federal investment reform.
Conservation easements still the way to go for agricultural preservation
Illinois Senate Bill 286, which would have empowered county governments to create farmland preservation easement programs, died in the House on May 7, 2009. One argument against easements is that zoning is an effective tool to preserve farms. MPC offers a handful of reasons to the contrary.
Interjurisdictional housing efforts gain momentum in south and west suburban Cook County
With the support of MPC and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, two municipal collaboratives working on shared housing issues are each looking to hire an experienced housing professional to coordinate their activities.
MPC Roundtable: Around the World in 90 Minutes
  • Jan 9, 2009
Without the need of a passport or visa, a capacity crowd experienced a whirlwind tour of best practices in transportation infrastructure from various Asian and European cities, as part of MPC’s Fall Roundtable Series.
Privatizing Chicago’s parking meters
The Chicago City Council voted to lease 36,000 of Chicago’s parking meters to a private company for $1.16 billion. MPC believes revenues from this deal should be reinvested in road and transit improvements throughout the city.
Alternatives to Driving: Transit on the Tollway
Nationally, 76 percent of all commuters drove alone to work in 2007.
A Greener Tollway for Illinois
Gov. Blagojevich has announced a $1.8 billion investment proposal to create 80-miles of dedicated lanes on the Illinois Tollway to allow enhanced express bus services, carpooling, and energy-efficient vehicles to bypass heavy traffic congestion.
Bus Rapid Transit in Chicago
Last week, the CTA held a series of public open houses to present the city’s proposal of a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network in Chicago.

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