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Have you ever attended a ribbon cutting for a pothole?
The share of Michigan’s roads in poor condition increased from 12 percent a decade ago to more than 30 percent today, a stunning fact described by Michigan Dept. of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle at the Metropolitan Planning Council’s roundtable on Friday, March 20, sponsored by…
A call to renew funding for the Regional Development Authority
After leveraging more than $650 million in infrastructure and economic investments, the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority faces losing its $10 million in annual state funding June 2015. Created in 2005, the Regional Development Authority has become a national model for coordinated…
Affordable Requirements Ordinance passes City Council
The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), along with a range of other organizations, has been advocating for changes to strengthen Chicago’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance, the requirement that developers include affordable apartments in their market-rate buildings or pay a fee-in-lieu to…
Water Matters in Wilmette, but challenges abound
  • By Josh Ellis and MPC Research Assistant Daniel Wolf
  • Mar 17, 2015
On Sunday, March 8, the community group Go Green Wilmette held its ninth annual fair to raise awareness in the community about environmentalism and sustainability with this year’s theme being “Water Matters.” Wilmette, like a lot of other communities in the Chicago area, has been…
Are you paying for parking you're not using?
For most people, zoning requirements have little to no effect on everyday life. Indeed, zoning—which is defined by municipal governments and which regulates building features such as building size and allowed uses for new projects—is typically an issue that affects few others than…
100+ reasons to be excited about Great Rivers Chicago
“Chicago’s second lakefront.” That’s a line we often hear about the potential for Chicago’s rivers (and when I say “rivers,” I mean all of them: the Chicago and all its reaches, plus the Calumet system and a stretch of the Des Plaines) to be cleaner, more…
What are your neighborhood's plans?
Chicago Neighborhoods 2015: Assets, Plans and Trends is a citywide planning framework to guide investments in the built environment. This research project, spearheaded by the Chicago Community Trust, provides data and other pertinent contextual information for every section of the city. It…

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