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Suburbanites can participate in the Bike Commuter Challenge, too
Last September, I wrote a blog post on the challenges I would face if I participated in Chicago Car-Free Day. I make a traditional suburb-to-city commute by driving to a Metra station, taking Metra downtown, and walking from Union Station to MPC. The most challenging part of that commute is the…
Early birds get $10 off Bike the Drive
On days like today, when we Chicagoans ask ourselves, "Why is it again that we don't live in California?" I find it therapeutic to flip my calendar ahead a few months and start penciling in dates for events that scream summer. The 10th Annual MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive is one of those events.…
Bringing life to the streets ... with yogurt?
Like all former MPC research assistants, Annie Lambla has moved on to even bigger and better things. In 2009 and 2010, Annie worked closely with me on our Placemaking Chicago project, learning what it takes to activate public spaces. Inspired, Annie decided to build a bike, pack her bike trailer…
Trade 4 wheels for 2 on upcoming Bike-to-Work days
This post was written by John Mitchell, MPC research assistant What better way to celebrate the recent return of spring than trading in those four wheels and congested commutes for two wheels and fresh air as part of today’s national “Bike-to-Work Day?” In addition to being an…
MarySue's Midweek Links
Yesterday, MPC hosted a Roundtable attended by an over-capacity crowd of 95 on the topic: “The Great Communities Collaborative: Adapting a New Model for Sustainable Place-Based Investment.” The event was keynoted by Shelley Poticha, HUD’s Senior Advisor for Sustainable Housing and…
Walk, bike to work with Active Trans
MPC's Emily Tapia Lopez posted a gentle reminder today for commuters staring down Chicago's harsh construction season: Ditch the stress of driving and try transit instead. As a daily bus-to-El commuter, I wholeheartedly second the notion. I'd also add that spring is a great time to give transit,…
Reinventing investment for a more livable Chicago region

The second event of the MPC-CAF summer discussion series, "Reinventing Public Investment", focused on how federal policies in housing, transportation and economic development have shaped decisions and community development in the Chicago Region.

Transit Innovation: Bikes in Berlin
Every two weeks, MPC uncovers best practices from around the world and delivers them right to your inbox in Talking Transit. This week, MPC explores how Berlin intelligently links rail, road, and bicycle transport.
The Creative City: Keeping Chicago Vibrant and Viable

Bob McNulty of the Partners for Livable Communities spoke to a sold-out crowd at MPC’s first 2009 roundtable, “The Creative City: Keeping Chicago Vibrant and Viable.”

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.

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