69% of Chicago area commuters drive alone.
How often do you get out of your car after a particularly grueling commute, frustrated and stressed, and you haven’t even started your work day yet? You’re not alone—69 percent of Chicago area residents drive to work regularly because they feel that it’s the fastest and most flexible commute option available. In addition to creating gridlock and consequential stress, driving alone also contributes substantially to economic losses for businesses and governments, and environmental damage to the region.
Since late 2010, MPC has spearheaded a Commute Options pilot with 16 regional employers, surveying more than 6200 employees total on how they choose to get to work, and why. This pilot has enabled us to better understand these employees’ transportation needs and…
In years past we've shared fun, unique holiday gift ideas for your friends and family that also resonate with MPC's mission of building a more socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically competitive region. For the next three weeks we'll be adding one new idea a day to this list—so check back often—to get you in the giving spirit (and the transit-riding, stormwater-absorbing, quality housing-investing and great urban spaces-building spirits as well). We'd love to hear your ideas!
Josh Ellis (as those of you that follow @MPCJosh on Twitter know very well) is a big, big, big fan of the U.S. National Park Service. Here in northeastern Illinois we're quite close to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Ice Age National…
Communities should plan for their future housing needs as well as their current needs.
- By Nancy Firfer and MPC Research Assistant Sam Svoboda
- November 27, 2013
On the surface, it seems like such an obvious tenet of planning: Communities need to take stock not only of what their current population requires, but of their future population as well. The term “planning” itself means preparing for future action—it is by definition forward-looking.
Yet this forward-thinking approach has not always been prevalent when it comes to housing development—and that’s why the Homes for a Changing Region project was created.
The original Homes study was published in 2005, with the goal of using demographic predictions to plan for the entire Chicago area’s future housing needs—in other words, it called for a proactive approach to housing solutions, rather than a reactive one. In the words of MPC Senior Advisor Nancy…
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Creative and cost-effective preservation efforts are essential to ensuring the health of our country's unsubsidized affordable rental housing stock.
- By Breann Gala and MPC Research Assistant Charles Dabah
- November 25, 2013
Cities across the United States are in the throes of an affordability crisis, as rental housing prices continue to rise and outpace growth in household income. As the fiscal belt-tightening continues, subsidized rental housing is taking a knock throughout the country, where federal, state and local government programs that designate funds for affordable housing fail to meet demand. However, perhaps the most pressing challenge for municipalities and advocates of equitable housing lies in preserving the existing stock of unsubsidized affordable rental housing. These units are rapidly disappearing due to units moving up-market, being demolished due to disrepair and undergoing conversion into condos.
It is no secret that increasing numbers of households are turning to the rental market…
In the Loop is your round-up of what’s going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit.
The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has long advocated for ensuring that people have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to their commutes. That’s why we’re hosting a roundtable on December 6 to discuss Commute Options, MPC’s transportation demand management pilot. We’ll be releasing a report and hearing from three exciting panelists—plus giving away free DIVVY one-day passes.
Google is one company that takes the idea of commute options to heart. The company’s new Chicago headquarters is located just steps from the new Morgan Street Pink and Green Line station to ease employees’…