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In the Loop: July 2, 2015
In the Loop is your round-up of what’s going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit. @metroplanners news Numerous studies have demonstrated that the easy availability of free parking reduces transit use and increases the use of single-passenger…
A new "rusty" perspective from author Jonathan Waldman at MPC Think & Drink
Watching the paint dry. Watching the grass grow. Watching rust form. Until I heard Jonathan Waldman speak, I would have lumped these three idioms together. On Tuesday, June 23, a packed MPC conference center listened to stories from Rust: The Longest War. Author Jonathan Waldman enumerated various…
Illinois at a standstill while other states move on more transportation funding
Today, legislation in six states to raise the motor fuel tax will take effect. Legislators in these states voted to raise the gas tax because they know paying a little extra at the pump will make their constituents’ lives easier—with better roads that will improve traffic congestion,…
What does the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule mean for Chicago?
Last year we noted the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and an era that ushered in important civil rights legislation, including the Fair Housing Act in 1968. In an exciting development on June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Fair Housing Act does not just apply to overt…
Minneapolis strikes again: How Chicago could revamp its parking requirements
Like those of many cities, Chicago’s zoning ordinance requires off-street parking for most new development projects. These parking requirements were created decades ago with the goal of ensuring that peoples’ automobiles do not crowd the street. Development on more than 98 percent of…
Everyone in Chicago should have equal access to our rivers
  • By Chloe Gurin-Sands, Masters student, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jun 15, 2015
I recently had the chance to meet with Josh Ellis and Kara Riggio of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) to learn more about their Great Rivers Chicago Project. The mission of the project is to reimagine and revitalize how we as Chicagoans interact with our rivers. The City of Chicago has more…
Here's when people park in Wicker Park Bucktown
Last year the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Wicker Park-Bucktown Chamber/Special Service Area #33 on a parking study for the Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood on the city’s near northwest side. We found that of the…

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