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Vote for Chicagoland's best public place in the "What Makes Your Place Great?" photo and video contest

Online voting begins Aug. 10 and runs through Sept. 14.

City of Highland Park helps employees purchase in the city they serve

MPC helped the City of Highland Park develop a new EAH program that, layered with a matching grant from the city's Affordable Housing Trust and a townhome through the Highland Park Illinois Community Land Trust, turned one long-term employee into a happy homeowner.

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.
Moving at the Speed of Congestion - The True Costs of Traffic in the Chicago Metropolitan Area August 2008
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  • Jul 29, 2008
This report presents findings from a study conducted by HDR Decision Econom­ics, in association with Dr. Alex Anas, for the Metropolitan Planning Council. The main purpose of the study is to analyze and, to the extent possible, quantify the costs resulting from traffic congestion on area roads,…
After Showerheads and Sprinklers
As Illinois moves toward a state water supply plan, MPC co-hosted a May 16 conference to generate news ideas for protecting and sustaining our water resources.
A better way to spend money
In the tradition of Rocky and Bullwinkle, MPC believes it is not the size of a state capital package that matters, but how you spend it.
MPC ramps up regional planning work plan in 2008
  • Mar 13, 2008
As the Campaign for Sensible Growth wrapped up at the end of 2007, it handed off its projects and priorities to MPC and other steering committee members.
Congestion Pricing 101
An introduction to congestion pricing.
Streets as Places: Sold out roundtable creates buzz about rethinking how we use our streets

Learn the secrets of “placemaking” from Fred Kent, founder and president of internationally-renowned Project for Public Spaces, and join the movement to transform your community’s rundown streets into desirable neighborhood places.

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