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Watch live at noon: Roundtable on interjurisidictional collaboration

Join us at noon (central) today for a live video stream of our roundtable on the future of interjurisdictional collaboration for housing and community development. The video is streamed on YouTube and viewable from both PCs and mobile devices. It will also be recorded and available to watch after the event. Watch now! Full event details, including speakers

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Grant program in Logan Square lets rain, investment soak in

Photo: Josh Ellis

These rain barrels and permeable walkway will better manage rain water around this homeowner's detached garage.

By Kara Riggio MPC research assistant Matt Nichols contributed to this post We are currently approaching the half-way mark for the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor program to help implement more than $200,000 worth of green infrastructure projects in Logan Square. After several months of community meetings and property visits by MPC staff, several Logan Square residents have envisioned ways the project can enhance the aesthetics of their properties while providing significant stormwater benefits to the community. As we continue to receive applications, it is likely that more than half of the program funding will be allocated to a wide range of projects by the end of 2012. The remainder will be available for applications received in 2013. The projects currently in the…

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In the Loop: December 7, 2012

Photo courtesy of Flickr user thirdrail

The CTA Holiday Train runs on select rail lines between the end of November and December 22nd.

In the Loop is your Friday round-up of what's going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit. MPC Research Assistant Ariel Ranieri authored this post. @ mpc In an effort to improve service, Pace and CTA will better coordinate fare payment and bus routes, while a study by the RTA quantifies and qualifies the differences between bus and train riders. The Chicago Water Taxi: transit of the future? Plus, how to combat the "nabobs of negativism." And don't miss Santa on the CTA! elsewhere Put all your money on red – the red line, that is, as Chicago awards the contract for the Red Line South construction project. And get the latest on BRT Chicago. With bike lanes finally becoming “a thing,” Active Trans pushes for increased safe…

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Putting the Infrastructure in Green Infrastructure

Being green is nice, but green infrastructure can be planned and built to perform core functions of an integrated infrastructure system.

The term "green infrastructure" troubles me a bit. I think it's because it often seems to me that the "green" part gets a lot more attention than the "infrastructure" part, when in reality it's that latter half of the term that is probably more important. I think most people working in stormwater management would more or less agree that the Ill. Environmental Protection Agency's definition of green infrastructure is an accurate reflection of that field of practice today: "Green Infrastructure means any stormwater management technique or practice employed with the primary goal of preserving, restoring, mimicking, or enhancing natural hydrology. Green infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, methods of using soil and vegetation to promote soil percolation, evapotranspiration, and…

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Don’t miss Santa on the CTA!

‘Tis the season, even on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), as the Holiday Train prepares to ride with Santa and his elves! Even Scrooge couldn’t resist a ride on the six-car train, decked out top-to-bottom with thousands of holiday lights, garland and candy cane hand rails. Santa and his reindeer will be greeting passengers on all CTA lines as part of regular rail service between now and Dec. 22nd. See the full schedule on the CTA Holiday Train website. Normal fares apply. Photo courtesy of Flickr cta web The Holiday train not only puts us in the holiday spirit, it brings good cheer to the less fortunate: For more than 20 years, CTA employees have donated their time and money to purchase groceries for 300 food baskets, delivered by the Holiday Train to community…

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