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Stop, don't yield: Is new crosswalk law working in your community?
Yesterday, Chicago Tribune transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch reported that police stings have increased to enforce the new Illinois law requiring drivers to stop, not yield, for pedestrians in crosswalks. If you're new to our blog, you may not be familiar with this bill; as an organization…
MPC in Springfield: 2010 legislative update
MPC has some unfinished legislative business in Springfield, which we’ll continue to work on this summer in anticipation of the fall veto session and next spring’s new General Assembly. But there was tangible progress, despite the state’s fiscal free-fall. Here’s a snapshot…
Northwest Indiana takes to heart Burnham’s famous appeal, “Make no little plans….”

The Marquette Plan, Northwest Indiana’s ambitious plan to revitalize and protect its Lake Michigan shoreline, reflects many of the ideals embodied in Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago. The plan earned MPC’s prestigious Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning in 2007.

Bringing America to a State of Good Repair
Every two weeks, MPC uncovers best practices from around the world and delivers them right to your inbox in Talking Transit. This week, MPC takes a look at the proposed federal surface transportation bill.
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.
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.

Residents come out in force to shape the future of the Polish Triangle

More than 700 residents have participated in MPC’s Placemaking project to create a vision for the Polish Triangle, at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Division Street, and Ashland Avenue.

Transit Innovation: Public Transit in the City of Tomorrow
Every two weeks, MPC uncovers best practices from around the world and delivers them right to your inbox in Talking Transit. This week, MPC examines Masdar, a city being built from the ground up in the United Arab Emirates, as the world’s first car-free, emissions-free city.
Vision Driving Development helps Lawndale plan for its future
  • Feb 2, 2009

MPC’s newest report, Vision Driving Development, summarizes the Corridor Development Initiative MPC co-hosted in Lawndale.

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