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Gary: ‘The next comeback story of the Rust Belt’
Gary, Ind., Mayor-elect Karen Freeman-Wilson thinks her city is ready to tell a different story – and she’s not alone: Some 500 people from Gary, Northwest Indiana and greater metropolitan Chicago filled the Genesis Center on Tuesday, Dec. 13, for “Gary: City of Promise,” a…
YNDC Youngstown Rising
  • Video
  • May 4, 2011
Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams shared this video, which explains the work of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC), as part of his presentation at the final roundtable in MPC and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's series on implementing the GO TO 2040 plan.
Steel Valley Meltdown
  • Video
  • May 4, 2011
Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams shared this video on the past, present and future of Youngstown at the final roundtable in MPC and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's series on implementing the GO TO 2040 plan.
Collaboration in Chicago’s Southern Suburbs
  • Presentation
  • Nov 15, 2010
Presented by Ed Paesel, Executive Director, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Oct. 27, 2010, at the "GRIP the Future" launch of the Gary and Region Investment Project in Gary, Ind. The presentation explains the parallels between the south suburbs of Chicago and Northwest Indiana; and…
GRIP Participant's Guide
On Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, MPC and The Times Media Company launched the Gary Region and Investment Project (GRIP), in Gary, Ind. This guide provided participants at the event with information about GRIP, including major a detailed list of projects in progress that can revitalize Gary and…
Riverdale's Whistler Crossing: award-winning community, media darling
At MPC's 2010 Annual Luncheon on Monday, MPC and the luncheon's Presenting Sponsor PNC awarded the 2010 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning to the Whistler Crossing community in south suburban Riverdale, Ill. What was once the struggling community known as Pacesetter is now Whistler Crossing,…
It's in business's best interest to back affordable housing
This op-ed by MPC President MarySue Barrett ran in Crain's Chicago Business on Nov. 16, 2009 Across the Chicago area, local government officials are hearing increasingly from employers that maintaining homes affordable to their workers isn't a maybe — it's a must. One might be surprised to…
Discover Asia on Argyle
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  • Apr 15, 2009
Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th Ward), Ald. Helen Shiller (46th Ward), and Uptown United reached out to MPC and the Urban Land Institute-Chicago (ULI) to conduct a two-day ULI Technical Assistance Panel for the Argyle District, a pan-Asian retail strip on Chicago's North Side. The panel brought together…
Industrial Renaissance: Establishing a Creative IndustriesDistrict, Pilsen/Cermak Road
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  • Aug 30, 2007
With the goal of revitalizing a swath of Cermak Road in into an area that supports the creative industries, the Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Dept. of Planning and Development, and Ald. Daniel Solis (25th Ward) asked the Urban Land Institute-Chicago and Campaign for Sensible Growth to convene…

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