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Yes In My Back Yard: Washington, D.C. empowers residents to manage stormwater
  • By Former MPC Project Manager Abby Crisostomo
  • Nov 20, 2014
Yes In My Back Yard is an ongoing series of case studies on stormwater management incentive programs around the U.S. and Canada. Name of program: RiverSmart Homes Location: Washington, D.C. Organization in charge: District Department of the Environment Funding source: Chesapeake Bay Restoration…
Why Chicagoland's freight rail infrastructure is important to you and me
“Chicago is a freight powerhouse.” I often hear this phrase, and it’s true; six of the seven largest U.S. railroads operate in the region, with 1,300 passenger and freight trains daily on 2,800 route-miles of track. In fact, 25 percent of all U.S. rail traffic touches Chicago,…
Calumet Stormwater Collaborative visits the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant
Fall is here and that means we get to enjoy the scents of warm apple cider, pumpkin spice everything, freshly baked pies, and for the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative, a stewing batch of wastewater. Kate Calabra The Calumet Stormwater Collaborative tours the Calumet Water Reclamation…
Going Solo in Chicago, part 2
Earlier this year, MPC featured Eric Klinenberg at an Urban Think & Drink to share his take on the dramatic increase of people living alone. Nearly 50 years ago, only 9 percent of Americans lived alone. Today, in Chicago, 36 percent of residents live alone. This series explores how this trend…
In the Loop: November 13, 2014
In the Loop is your round-up of what’s going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit. @metroplanners news As described in this month’s Talking Transit, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) will be hosting a roundtable on Tuesday, Nov. 18,…
A transatlantic call to curiosity
I was recently in Europe with the German Marshall Fund's Marshall Memorial Fellowship, through which I visited Brussels, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Sarajevo and Paris. For 24 days, my chief job was to be intensely curious—and all that curiosity got me thinking about its power and importance in our…
Is buying to rent the new boom-and-bust?
As rental properties become more attractive to residents who may have been burned by the housing crisis, “institutional investors”—a new breed of landlord that can own up to 45,000 properties—are buying up many properties and using rental payments to service their loans. In…

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