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Talking Transit: Sketching a future for Chicagoland transportation policy
Published monthly, MPC’s Talking Transit provides updates about transit-related activities around the world. Get In the Loop on all the latest local, national and international transit headlines. 2014 is an important year for the future of the Chicago region’s infrastructure. MAP-21,…
What Our Water's Worth: Whose problem is it? Private property and stormwater management
Next time it rains—and it’s officially spring in Chicago, so you shouldn’t have to wait long—consider where all those drops of water flow. In large, older cities like Chicago, rain generally falls on a private landowner’s property—someone’s backyard or on…
Talking Transit: Minding the gap on financing
Published monthly, MPC’s Talking Transit provides updates about transit-related activities around the world. Get In the Loop on all the latest local, national and international transit headlines. 2014 is an important year for the future of the Chicago region’s infrastructure. MAP-21,…
How to finance municipal infrastructure with private investment
The Chicago region’s 284 municipalities are never short on capital projects, but what about the money to make them happen? Ever-tightening budgets have forced them to identify new strategies and financing tools to supplement traditional funding sources to implement projects. One such…
Talking Transit: Minding the gap on infrastructure
Published monthly, MPC’s Talking Transit provides updates about transit-related activities around the world. Get In the Loop on all the latest local, national and international transit headlines. 2014 is an important year for the future of the Chicago region’s infrastructure. MAP-21,…
What Our Water's Worth: A sweet solution to a salty problem
2014 is off to a snowy, cold start! Without maintenance crews working round the clock to keep our streets clean and safe, conditions would have been far more dangerous. But what happens to the tons of salt that are used to de-ice our roads and sidewalks in the aftermath of a winter precipitation…
Talking Transit: As dedicated funds for transportation fade, MPC calls for new revenue
Published monthly, MPC’s Talking Transit provides updates about transit-related activities around the world. Get In the Loop on all the latest local, national and international transit headlines. >> Did you know? For transportation agencies in the Chicago region, the federal…
New challenges for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program
  • By Breann Gala and MPC Research Assistant Charles Dabah
  • Jan 21, 2014
A new year has brought new challenges for the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, which makes up the nation’s largest portion of federal dollars for affordable housing development and preservation. Funded through the Internal Revenue Code, LIHTC provides selected developers…
In memory of John W. Baird
The entire Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) community, including staff and volunteers, marked a sad day on Dec. 27, 2013, when John W. Baird passed away at the age of 98. Mr. Baird, chairman of Baird & Warner, joined MPC's board in 1953 and was an active and dedicated member for more than 60…
MPC by the Numbers: 2013 Edition
While numbers rarely tell the whole story—for that, we hope you're signed up for our bi-weekly newsletter, Re-Connection, and following us on Twitter—here at MPC we track lots of data to measure our impact and the progress of metropolitan Chicago. MPC by the Numbers is a snapshot of how…

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