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USDOT puts skin in the game by providing funding for livability criteria
We at MPC have been very encouraged by the announcement of the 6 federal livability principles and excited to see how USDOT, EPA, and HUD are finally going to be walking the same walk, singing the same song, and coordinating efforts. We got so excited we even offered a seventh principle to include…
High-speed rail: On track to revitalize communities?
The Metropolitan Planning Council has been an advocate for increased investments in the Chicago region to improve the passenger and freight rail system we have—and ensure we remain competitive for the future with a 21st century transportation network. More than that, we understand how fixed…
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…
Learn about the proposed Livable Communities Act
Update Nov. 13: Senate Banking Staff encouraged stakeholders to contact legislators, both members of the Senate Banking committee and others, to encourage their support for the Livable Communities Act. A sample letter is available. Let your legislators know how funding for comprehensive planning…
Dispatches from Berlin: What American Cities Can Learn from Berlin
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  • Nov 3, 2009
Listen to this recording of MPC's Nov. 3, 2009, roundtable, which featured a panel discussion with three of the 10 transportation and regional planning professionals from New York, Chicago and San Francisco who attended a Peer Exchange in Berlin, Germany. The panelists discussed highlights from…
Map: Interjurisdictional Collaborations
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  • Oct 30, 2009
As of Oct. 30, 2009, MPC and its partners are actively building several interjurisdictional partnerships throughout northeastern Illinois. Partnerships listed as 'potential' reflect initial conversations with local decision-makers.
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.

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