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MPC’s 80th year in photos and video
One of the most rewarding aspects of our work at the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is helping people make informed decisions that improve their communities. From building their visions from the ground up to transforming vacant, unloved public spaces into neighborhood gathering places, 2014…
Talking Transit—on TV
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Chris Bury on WYCC’s In the Loop weekly public policy show. The show featured an in-depth look at Chicagoland commutes and congestion, featuring the story of a woman who commutes two hours each way. Bury interviewed me to get some…
How to escape government inefficiency one cynic at a time
Where do you start when faced with a massive issue like Illinois’ government inefficiency? As former Mayor of Glenview, I believe the answer is tailor-made community-level innovation. Municipal governments aren’t partisan, they are pragmatic. They are close to the people they serve and…
H2Oktoberfest: Four reasons water use is falling in Northeastern Illinois
This October (and in September, much like real Oktoberfest) the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Josh Ellis spoke 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 years of…
What does “government efficiency” mean, anyway?
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant Zoe Chapin
  • Dec 8, 2014
We often think of government as a feedback loop: Resident concerns, needs and tax dollars go in, government policies and services come out. If government efficiency were a mode of transportation on this loop, it would be a sleek passenger train, providing mass service quickly, effectively and…
Yes In My Back Yard: Montgomery County, Md. prioritizes green infrastructure
  • By Former MPC Research Assistant Stephanie Strauss
  • Dec 8, 2014
Yes In My Back Yard is an ongoing series of case studies on stormwater management incentive programs around the U.S. and Canada. See more information about MPC’s project and read other profiles here. Name of program: RainScapes Location: Montgomery County, Md. Organization in charge:…
Celebrating technology and public space with Keith Hampton
  • By Hui Feng and MPC Research Assistant Kevin Symcox
  • Dec 5, 2014
People have always feared technological change. Keith Hampton, a Rutgers University professor and the Metropolitan Planning Council’s (MPC) guest speaker on Thursday, Nov. 20, sampled the editorial pages of the nation’s leading newspapers to chronicle our unease with invention. In the…

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