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Toasting MPC's past and future at our 80th anniversary
Last Wednesday, March 12, more than 100 community, business and government leaders gathered at the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) to celebrate our 80th anniversary by reflecting on MPC's past, present and future role helping metropolitan Chicago reinvent. March 12 marked 80 years to the day…
10 things city and regional planners should give up for Lent
Old habits die hard, as many people are finding out over the next 40-odd days as they give up swearing or chocolate or wasting time on social media in observation of Lent. We at MPC got to talking about what habits planners ought to kick to the curb for good, and very quickly we came up with this…
Reinvention critical to successful metropolitan regions
In June, MPC President MarySue Barrett had the opportunity to speak in São Paulo, Brazil, at the New Cities Summit, joining some 1,000 decision-makers from around the globe for action-oriented debate on this year’s theme: “The Human City.” The conference as a…
Collaboration an 'unnatural act' for communities, yet idea gaining ground
The new Brookings Institution book Confronting Suburban Poverty in America surprised many audiences with its revelation that more people live in poverty in our nation's suburbs than in inner cities. On Tuesday, June 18, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) President MarySue Barrett and Massachusetts…
MPC applauds Chicago's Bus Rapid Transit plans for Ashland Avenue
The Chicago Dept. of Transportation and Chicago Transit Authority announced on April 19 their vision for center-running Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on Ashland Avenue, with the first phase of implementation planned between Cortland and 31st streets. “Bus Rapid Transit is one of the…
Tune in at noon for live broadcast of Bus Rapid Transit roundtable
Streaming live at noon CST: Bus Rapid Transit on a Roll in Chicago, an MPC roundtable about Chicago's plans to develop a Bus Rapid Transit system. Watch from your desktop or mobile device!
Answering Gov. Quinn's call for economic solutions
At his State of the State address on Wednesday, Feb. 6, Gov. Patrick Quinn focused on Illinois’ economic stability, asking the assembled members of the House and Senate, “Do we want, in the years to come, a prosperous Illinois where working people continue to have good jobs, where…
ILOpen Tech Challenge sparking tech-based solutions to community challenges
Develop your idea, form your team, and submit by March 15, 2013 The Illinois Open Technology Challenge (ILOpenTech) is bringing governments, developers, and communities together to use public data to create digital tools that serve civic needs and promote economic development—and one of its…
Agenda in Action reports MPC's impact on region
The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is pleased to present the Agenda in Action, a report on our recent accomplishments, available exclusively online at Through regional success stories, convincing data, and compelling visuals, the website explains how MPC's work…
Plugging in to Placemaking: Technology's role in community planning
“Public input” is one of those deceptive phrases that seems to have a fairly straightforward meaning: information provided by citizens. In practice, “public input” – not its definition, per se, but what it entails and how well we apply it – is a pretty fuzzy…

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