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

Metropolitan Planning Council

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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In the Loop: September 19, 2014

Cordogan Clark & Associates

New pedestrians bridges planned for Chicago's south lakefront at 41st and 43rd Streets.

In the Loop is your round-up of what’s going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit. @metroplanners news In August, Mayor Rahm Emanuel named Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) President MarySue Barrett co-chair of the City of Chicago’s Museum Campus Transportation Study task force, along with City Chief Operating Officer Joe Deal. The task force’s mission is to improve connections to and between the campus’ museums and other facilities, making it easier for residents and visitors to experience this exciting area of the city. As a result of Barrett’s nomination, MPC will be supervising work by staff at the Chicago Dept. of Transportation. In addition, MPC will host an open house at our offices on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 4…

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“The past devours the future:” Chicago and the growth of global inequality

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Chicago's GINI coefficient for inequality, referenced below, is the same as El Salvador's.

In his recent best-seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, French economist Thomas Piketty argues that in our current state of inequality, “The past devours the future.” In other words, when the private rate of return on capital (or wealth) that has already accumulated becomes greater than the wages and other outputs from current business activities, the result is that the rich become ever richer while the rest of society doesn’t have the opportunity to catch up. This equation is at the root of the growing inequality in the U.S. and around the world today. While economic inequality is a global problem, it creates specific challenges in the Chicago region. The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) addresses these challenges through our housing, transportation and…

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MPC's 2014 summer shenanigans

Madeline Shepherd

Touring the Panama Canal on its 100th anniversary

A beautiful vista MarySue encountered on a sojourn this summer MPCers are serial summer vacationers, and this summer was no exception. The sudden cold snap last week sent us scrambling for our wool socks and heavy sweaters, but summer's not over yet. So without further ado, here's what we MPCers did—and still plan to do—this summer: MarySue Barrett My August featured a fun trip every weekend and several memorable hikes in stunning locales, including Lake Superior and Aspen. Before the warmth fades, I'm going to do some more hiking with my family in Forest Preserves that I've long wanted to explore! Mandy Burrell This summer, my husband and I became homeowners. A year ago we welcomed our son into our lives, and we decided it was time to put down roots—but where?…

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Residents express interest and excitement in Logan Square in the first of three meetings

Metropolitan Planning Council

Hundreds of Logan Square residents came out to participate in an exciting round of discussions about the community's future.

Tuesday night, the Hairpin Arts Center was buzzing with activity as Logan Square residents expressed their views on the future of their community. Residents were there to take part in the first of the Metropolitan Planning Council’s (MPC) Logan Square Corridor Development Initiative meetings, a participatory process designed to allow communities to proactively plan for real-world development scenarios. The initiative focuses on a series of specific sites over the course of three public workshops and asks residents to envision a future for their neighborhood. In Logan Square, participants are being asked to consider the future of the City-owned parcels above the Logan Square Blue Line station, including the station plaza, the Emmett Street parking lot and the bus turnaround. These…

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