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Dispatches from Berlin: What American Cities Can Learn
At a time when the Chicago region is studying high speed rail, bus rapid transit, and congestion pricing, it is essential that we look closely at the successes and challenges of other transportation systems around the world, and learn from their experiences. On Nov. 3, MPC hosted a panel of three…
A usable asset or costly burden?
The city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is known for pushing the limits of design and technology. Home to the world’s tallest skyscraper, first luxury underwater hotel, and largest mall, the city recently added the world’s longest driverless metro system to its list of…
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.

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.

Robbins forges new interjurisdictional partnership to redevelop Metra stop

Consistent with the recommendations of MPC’s Community Building Initiative Task Force, Robbins plans to collaborate with Blue Island to commit federal funds to the acquisition and development of the area around the Robbins Metra station.

On-the-ground innovations related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
On Tuesday June 9, MPC President MarySue Barrett joined a group of policy experts for a webcast from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and HUD's role in implementing President Obama's plan to stimulate the economy by investing in job creation, neighborhood stabilization, and energy efficiency.
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.
MPC and the National Housing Conference's Center for Housing Policy discuss housing and transportation policy coordination with local leaders in Minneapolis and Atlanta
Informing new HUD/DOT commitment for interagency coordination, industry leaders explore what's needed on the ground and from DC to promote sustainable communities.
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.

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