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These teens are planning the future of their neighborhoods
There’s been an uptick in interest in teaching students how to proactively engage with their own neighborhoods and develop strategies to improve them. As a parent, urban planner and former teacher, I’ve often wondered how today’s students will plan for their neighborhoods and…
People Spots good for local economy, according to Metropolitan Planning Council research
  • Sep 25, 2014
Local businesses near People Spots—parking spaces transformed into mini-parks—see up to 80 percent increase in foot traffic, 20 percent increase in sales Contact: Mandy Burrell Booth, Metropolitan Planning Council, 312.863.6018 o 773.640.1206 m, mburrell@metroplanning.org For a…
‘Old Place New Tricks’ Challenge Will Train, Reward Chicagoland Communities Improving Underused Public Spaces
  • Jun 3, 2014
Metropolitan Planning Council’s Annual Placemaking Challenge Gives Communities Chance to Win One of Three $1,000 Prizes, Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (Chicago) … Who says you can’t teach an old place new tricks? That’s the (rhetorical) question the…
Tuesdays at APA—Plants, Paddles, and People: Creating Community through Green Infrastructure and Waterfront Development in Blue Island, Ill.
  • Presentation
  • Nov 25, 2013
Slides from Tuesdays at APA—Plants, Paddles, and People: Creating Community through Green Infrastructure and Waterfront Development in Blue Island, Ill., presentation by MPC's Abby Crisostomo and Jason Berry of the City of Blue Island. Audio recording of the presentation can be found on the…
MPC joins coalition calling for a bold vision for reconstruction of North Lake Shore Drive
On July 25, MPC joined with a coalition of 15 regional organizations to release a civic platform for the reconstruction of North Lake Shore Drive, calling for a bold vision to better meet the needs of everyone who uses the lakefront. The platform is based on seven principles and includes a host of…
Answering Gov. Quinn's call for economic solutions
At his State of the State address on Wednesday, Feb. 6, Gov. Patrick Quinn focused on Illinois’ economic stability, asking the assembled members of the House and Senate, “Do we want, in the years to come, a prosperous Illinois where working people continue to have good jobs, where…
'Space in Between' contest seeks creative transitional uses of vacant spaces through Aug. 31
Today marks the official start of MPC’s fourth annual Placemaking contest. This year’s is “Space in Between,” which is seeking the most creative and interactive temporary uses of vacant space in metropolitan Chicago, Northwest Indiana, and southeastern Wisconsin. Why…
1955 Chicago Union Station Booklet: Cross-Roads of the Nation
This 1950s booklet was produced by the railroads that then owned Chicago Union Station to promote the terminal's modern amenities and luxurious cross-country trains. When the station was at its peak, it boasted everything from a women's lounge and nursery to a jail. Today, this piece serves as an…
Improving Health Through Planning
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  • Dec 13, 2011
On Dec. 7, 2011, MPC hosted Improving Health Through Planning, a roundtable addressing the assumptions planners make about the health impacts of planning decisions. Read the full event recap.
How planning can bolster community health
View the panelists' presentations (combined into one 2.1MB PDF). In planning, we tend to make major “if, then” assumptions: “The presence of a grocery store in a neighborhood that previously lacked one will cause residents to make healthier food choices.” “New…

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