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More Choices for More Families: What we learned at the Sixth National Housing Mobility Conference
  • By Breann Gala and MPC Research Assistant Luz Reyna
  • Jul 29, 2015
On Thursday, July 16, 2015, more 220 practitioners, policy advocates and researchers from 18 states gathered for the Sixth National Housing Mobility Conference. The passage of the strengthened Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule made for a rich conversation about housing mobility and…
Talking Transit: Why the U.S. can’t invest more in transportation infrastructure
This week the U.S. Senate used its credit card to pass and pay for a six-year transportation bill with only three years of funding. Though the bill runs through 2018, it relies on revenues generated through 2025 as payment, including selling off oil from the nation’s strategic reserves,…
How can we make it easier for developers and communities to deliver the affordable housing we need?
It’s been an incredibly interesting time for those, like me, who are passionate about affordable housing and community development. The Supreme Court ruled on June 25, 2015, that the Fair Housing Act is violated if policies segregate minorities into low-income areas, even if unintentionally.…
Flooding in Chicago: Past, present and future
  • By Momcilo Markus
  • Jul 28, 2015
Chicago is having ongoing problems with flooding. Heavy storms are more frequent and stronger than those used to design the existing urban drainage infrastructure, and as a result, the system often fails to keep up with these storms. Not only is the infrastructure inadequate, but an apparent…
A 'call' answered, for smarter, leaner government in Illinois
  • By Gary Grasso, DuPage County Board member
  • Jul 28, 2015
It didn’t get much attention, but consumers scored a big victory on June 29, when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 96 into law requiring the state to modernize and consolidate its emergency response systems. What does this mean to residents? Consider that in Illinois, approximately 72…
City of Chicago unveils proposal for 2015 TOD ordinance
This month, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) unveiled Grow Chicago, a campaign to grow our city’s population by increasing the opportunity for housing and commercial development near public transportation. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is an effective and efficient growth strategy…
Dancing for clean water
  • By Danielle Gallet and MPC Research Assistant Kelli-Ann Sottile
  • Jul 22, 2015
Without hesitation I bet you can name the five nearest schools to your home. I bet you also know the fastest way to your nearby hospital, just in case. And I am guessing you have spent more than your fair share of weekends at the local mall. But if I asked you where your local water utility was…

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