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From Curitiba to Chicago: A pinprick of impetus
  • By Kara Riggio and MPC Research Assistant Zoe Chapin
  • Oct 29, 2014
“Those who create are born again.” So says Jaime Lerner, renowned architect, author and former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil. Likewise, through a single gesture—a “pinprick”—cities can reinvent themselves, the author of Urban Acupuncture explained. At an Urban Think…
The Regional Housing Initiative's 400th win!
Last week, the Ill. Housing Development Authority announced its final Low-Income Housing Tax Credits awards for the year. Of the 17 financing awards provided to developments in 2014, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is proud that three of those were to developments that applied for subsidies…
Strengthening Chicago’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance for all
When the City of Chicago’s Dept. of Planning and Development released its Five-Year Housing Plan in early 2014, it was encouraging to see a commitment to explore how to strengthen the Affordable Requirements Ordinance. Enacted in 2003 and amended in 2007, the Ordinance mandates that any…
Strengthening Chicago’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance: Tailor-made incentives for affordable living
When the City of Chicago’s Dept. of Planning and Development released its Five-Year Housing Plan in early 2014, it was encouraging to see a commitment to exploring how to strengthen the Affordable Requirements Ordinance. However, the Ordinance doesn’t always fulfill its goals. In this…
Strengthening Chicago’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance: Building on-site versus building nearby
When the City of Chicago’s Dept. of Planning and Development released its Five-Year Housing Plan in early 2014, it was encouraging to see a commitment to exploring how to strengthen the Affordable Requirements Ordinance. However, the Ordinance doesn’t always fulfill its goals. In this…
(Ready any day now for) The Future of Water Reuse
For nearly a decade, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has advocated for modernizing Illinois’ policies on water reuse as an integral part of creating a comprehensive approach to water supply planning and management. Through research-backed policy recommendations documents like Troubled…
H2Oktoberfest: Institutionalizing adaptation in water supply management
This October (and in September, much like real Oktoberfest) the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Josh Ellis is speaking at four conferences about different aspects of MPC’s water resources management work. At the same time, the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread recently culminated six…

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