Bus Rapid Transit is one example of Inclusive Growth, the idea of planning with a diverse group of indicators in mind.
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Planning has changed over the decades and we must continually ask, “How are people living now? How does that affect future growth?” Fifty years ago, the answer was city beautiful and superblocks. Today, our response must be more situational. Cue “Inclusive Growth.”
I was very grateful to attend last week’s discussion of Inclusive Growth hosted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Ford Foundation at their headquarters in New York City. Both Ford and the OECD are grappling with how to affect growth that touches all points of the income spectrum. Merely measuring and driving GDP misses non-income related measures like health and educational attainment and overly focuses on the top earners of the…
Communities around the region can collaborate on projects like public-private partnerships.
- By Erin Lavin Cabonargi, executive director, Public Building Commission
- March 6, 2014
On Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, I had the pleasure of participating in a valuable forum hosted by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC). I congratulate MPC President Mary Sue Barrett, Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke and their dedicated and talented staffs for organizing this exceptional event.
The forum was entitled “Breaking New Ground: Innovative Financing Strategies for Municipal Infrastructure Projects.” It offered village managers, mayors and other regional public officials an opportunity to learn more about capital project development challenges and opportunities for innovation. I am very grateful for the insights shared by the participants and want to take this opportunity to share some important ideas that were discussed and provide a few…
Urban Land Institute
The old Jericho Circle housing development's relative isolation from the rest of the city makes it difficult to reach without a car.
The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has an 80-year history in public housing—from helping form the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) in the 1930s to playing an organizing role with the nation’s largest public housing transformation. Given decades of work in the City of Chicago, MPC has now been focusing on how to translate these lessons learned to the Chicago suburbs and bring focus to the connection between housing and transit, economic development and neighborhood stability. One major initiative is the Regional Housing Initiative, an effort between MPC and eight regional housing authorities to expand housing choices for low-income renters. MPC also partners with suburban housing authorities looking to build mixed-income communities on the sites of previously isolated…
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Vast seas of parking are one of many eyesores that can be avoided by planning for people, not cars.
Old habits die hard, as many people are finding out over the next 40-odd days as they give up swearing or chocolate or wasting time on social media in observation of Lent. We at MPC got to talking about what habits planners ought to kick to the curb for good, and very quickly we came up with this Top 10 list (in no particular order):
Mandy: Using meaningless jargon when talking to non-planners. We at MPC are as guilty of this as everybody else (interjurisdictional collaboration, anyone?!). Here’s a handy list from Atlantic Cities; have you used any of them today?
Kara: Using acronyms all the time. Especially when talking with non-planners, who are completely annoyed by it, but also with peers when they may not be familiar with which group you are referring to.
Marisa + Kara:…
Elmhurst is one of DuPage County's "Cool Cities"
On Thursday, Jan. 23 I attended the 2014 DuPage Energy Summit in Naperville, Ill. Presented by The Conservation Foundation and the DuPage Green Government Council, the summit provided an opportunity to learn about DuPage County’s commitment to the Cool Counties initiative and talk about energy efficiency.
The Cool Counties project was launched in 2007 by the Sierra Club and 12 counties and seeks to gather the resources of all 3,066 counties across the United States to address the challenges climate change poses to the nation’s communities. Counties that participate in the program commit to four actions:
reducing their contributions to climate change
demonstrating regional leadership to achieve climate stabilization
helping communities become climate resilient