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Community proposals for Logan Square

As part of the Metropolitan Planning Council's three-part workshop process in Logan Square, community members developed proposals for the Blue Line station plaza, bus turnaround and adjacent parking lot on Emmett Street. MPC staff, working with Canopy Architecture, Gensler Architects, U.S. Equities and students from the Illinois Institute of Technology, further developed these proposals both in terms of design and their financing. Please view the PDFs below to learn more about each of the proposals and details about four selected proposals. Please fill out our public survey to share your thoughts about the proposals, and learn more about the issues through our background materials. Overall characteristics of the proposals developed by the community All…

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MPC celebrates "big" plans that come in all shapes and sizes

All photos by Tricia Scully

Arnold Randall of the Forest Preserves of Cook County (our Burnham Award winner) stands with the Bronzeville Bikes crew, one of our 2014 Placemaking challenge winners, at our Sept. 22 awards event.

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized." When Daniel Burnham wrote those words, he may have had large, sweeping plans in mind, but at the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) we’ve learned over our 80-year history that “big” plans come in all shapes and sizes, which is why we were so excited to honor plans both grand and tactical at “Magic to Stir Men’s Blood: A Celebration of Planning,” on Monday, Sept. 22. MPC President MarySue Barrett congraulates Arnold Randall, general superintendent of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. “Planning is powerful in all its forms and at every scale,” said MPC President MarySue Barrett during her remarks at the event. “That idea…

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Doing more with less: Livability and transportation planning

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Transportation planning should include considerations beyond just transportation: land use, the environment, economic development and housing being a few.

These days, and for the foreseeable future, planners across the spectrum—land use, transportation, environmental, housing, etc.—need to do more with less by aligning efforts. “True enough,” you’re probably thinking, “but easier said than done.” Three years ago, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) identified that mindset as a call to action. At the time I worked at MPC as a research assistant, and I had the opportunity to co-design and draft the study Integrating Livability Principles into Transit Planning: Screening Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Opportunities—which was published yesterday in The Journal of Public Transportation Research. The study was used to develop MPC’s August 2011 report, Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago’s New…

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Get out and explore! Celebrating the wonders in our own backyard

All photos except guide by Abby Crisostomo

There are countless fun places, both urban and natural, to explore around the region, like this bridge in Blue Island, Ill.

A new guide for locals and tourists alike showcases all there is to see and do in the Calumet and Millennium Reserve region. When I first got my hands on the print version of the Millennium Reserve and Calumet guide I couldn’t help but be as excited to open it up and plan itineraries as I am when I open a travel guide to take on far-flung vacation spots. That’s the beauty of both the guide and the region it describes—there’s as much to explore in our backyard for all types of visitors as there is on a trip abroad. The Millennium Reserve and Greater Calumet region is bursting with history, culture and beautiful natural landscapes. Unfortunately, many of us who live in or visit Chicagoland overlook the region as home only to industry and old landfills. Due to…

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Logan Square residents "build" out visions for the future of the Blue Line station plaza

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Community members use building blocks to plan the future of Logan Square's CTA Blue Line station plaza and adjacent parking lot.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, almost 170 Logan Square residents came together at the Hairpin Arts Center to “build” their ideas for the future of the Logan Square Blue Line station plaza and adjacent parking lot. The event was the second meeting in a three-part Corridor Development Initiative series hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and Alderman Rey Colón. The goal of the process is to engage local stakeholders in developing a proactive community plan for important publicly owned land. The meeting this week allowed residents and stakeholders to use blocks of varying shapes and colors to create models of future development on top of aerial maps. Residents sat at 16 tables filled with their peers from around the community. Once a plan was created at each table,…

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