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Talking Transit: Funding transit through a broadened sales tax
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? In the 1950s, Americans devoted over half of their personal spending to material…
How Illinois can lower its sales tax rate & raise funding for transit
The State of Illinois’ 6.25 percent sales tax is among the highest levied by any state. With local sales taxes factored in, Chicago tops the list of large cities’ combined sales tax rates, an ignominious ranking that it shares with Los Angeles. But Illinois could lower its sales tax…
What Our Water’s Worth: Aurora’s versatile answer to stormwater woes
With the recently announced expansion of Illinois’ Clean Water Initiative to include funding projects related to stormwater, more money will soon be available for local communities looking to invest in stormwater solutions, particularly green infrastructure solutions. Some communities are…
Yes In My Back Yard: Effective incentive programs for stormwater solutions
Nobody likes flooding; and yet, it has proven to be a sticky problem to solve. Even though sewers, roadways and sidewalks are in the public right of way, most of the land in our cities is privately owned. Unfortunately, rain falls on public and private land alike, so any solutions to stormwater…
Give voice to your vision for Logan Square! Participate in a three-part workshop
What? The renovation of the CTA Blue Line Station at Logan Square offers the opportunity to reenvision the plaza, bus turnaround and nearby parking lot above. Flickr user cta web (cc). The Metropolitan Planning Council is partnering with the office of Ald. Rey Colon (35th Ward) to host a…
Talking Transit: Transportation investments aren’t just about mobility
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? Walking is a major mode of access to transit stations. At urban stations on rail…
Talking Transit: Biking rising quickly as a mode of travel in Chicago
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? Following the construction of dedicated cycling lanes on Dearborn Street through…
MPC responds to regional plan update
Since the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) was created in 2005, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has devoted much of our work to making CMAP all that it can be. We recognize the importance of strong regional planning and the need for a clear vision guiding Chicagoland's…
Talking Transit: Opportunities for Development Along Chicago’s Renovated Red and Purple Lines
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? Over the next decade, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) plans to entirely…
Give voice to your vision for Uptown! Participate in a three-part workshop
  • Apr 18, 2014
--> Final Report Read the final report Appendix (includes all development proposals and full survey results) Updates Background materials about sites and other relevant topics May 9—Uptown residents share vision for Broadway corridor in first of three workshops May…

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