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In memory of John W. Baird
The entire Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) community, including staff and volunteers, marked a sad day on Dec. 27, 2013, when John W. Baird passed away at the age of 98. Mr. Baird, chairman of Baird & Warner, joined MPC's board in 1953 and was an active and dedicated member for more than 60…
MPC by the Numbers: 2013 Edition
While numbers rarely tell the whole story—for that, we hope you're signed up for our bi-weekly newsletter, Re-Connection, and following us on Twitter—here at MPC we track lots of data to measure our impact and the progress of metropolitan Chicago. MPC by the Numbers is a snapshot of how…
MPC by the Numbers: 2012 Edition
What a year 2012 has been! Just as news outlets look back at the year in headlines, here at MPC we think there's value in taking a moment to reflect on the milestones we've reached over the past 12 months. MPC by the Numbers is a numeric snapshot of these accomplishments, drawn primarily from data…
Gary: ‘The next comeback story of the Rust Belt’
Gary, Ind., Mayor-elect Karen Freeman-Wilson thinks her city is ready to tell a different story – and she’s not alone: Some 500 people from Gary, Northwest Indiana and greater metropolitan Chicago filled the Genesis Center on Tuesday, Dec. 13, for “Gary: City of Promise,” a…
MPC by the Numbers: 2011 Edition
It's that time again, the season when we take stock of all we've accomplished in the past 12 months and make plans for what we hope to achieve in the coming year. While there's something exciting about a brand-new calendar, filled with nothing but promise, taking a few moments to look back is…
Paving the way for multi-town collaboration
More than 100 community leaders, policy advocates and decision-makers gathered at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, to hear about successes, identify challenges, and discuss next steps for interjurisdictional collaboration, a burgeoning model to support high-impact…
Mi Parque wins Placemaking prize in Apps for Metro Chicago, Illinois
Mi Parque App Demo from Mindy Faber on Vimeo. Drumroll, please! MPC is pleased to announce the winner of our Placemaking apps contest is … Mi Parque! Residents of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood on the city’s southwest side are working to transform a 23-acre capped…
MPC 2011 Annual Luncheon
Thanks to all of the sponsors, presenters and, of course, the 800-plus guests who made MPC’s 2011 Annual Luncheon, “What, where and how? Rethinking the retail landscape,” on Monday, June 27, in Chicago, a success! Special thanks to MPC Board Chair King Harris, who was honoring a…
Where Mayor-elect Emanuel stands on key regional issues
Yesterday, the residents of the City of Chicago elected Rahm Emanuel as their first new mayor in 22 years. Throughout the campaign – through his platform and his responses to the civic community’s Green Growth and Sustainable Transportation platforms – Mayor-elect Emanuel…
Where do Chicago's mayoral candidates stand on key regional issues?
Much is at stake on Tuesday, Feb. 22, when Chicago voters will elect their first new mayor in 22 years from a slate of candidates that, for the first time in 60 years, does not include an incumbent. Through our Keepers and Seekers briefing book, participation in coalition efforts to advance the…

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