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Mouraria: A photo essay
An alley in Mouraria Recently I was on a panel at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Urban Forum entitled "Can neighborhood change not displace neighbors?" As we discussed community-building strategies that retain, rather than displace, existing residents, I did not imagine that a little…
Strengthening Chicago’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance for all
When the City of Chicago’s Dept. of Planning and Development released its Five-Year Housing Plan in early 2014, it was encouraging to see a commitment to explore how to strengthen the Affordable Requirements Ordinance. Enacted in 2003 and amended in 2007, the Ordinance mandates that any…
Strengthening Chicago’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance: Building on-site versus building nearby
When the City of Chicago’s Dept. of Planning and Development released its Five-Year Housing Plan in early 2014, it was encouraging to see a commitment to exploring how to strengthen the Affordable Requirements Ordinance. However, the Ordinance doesn’t always fulfill its goals. In this…
A conference in quotes: ULI's Healthy Housing, Healthy Places
Last week I spent some time in Denver learning about the intersection between healthy housing and healthy places. Thanks to the masterminds at the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing, I experienced first-hand several mixed-income developments along Denver's 122-mile FasTracks light rail line that is…
Creating affordability in all of Chicago
You’ve probably heard by now that the old Children’s Memorial Hospital site in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is being redeveloped. Dozens of news articles have detailed developer McCaffery Interest Inc.'s $350 million plan for a health club, ample retail space, two 21-story…
Beauty in Bronzeville, under the El
2012 place audits MPC On Nov. 1, the Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC) proudly unveiled its under-El garden at the 47th Street Green Line stop. As the Special Service Area manager for 47th Street, QCDC has long had its eye on improving the area surrounding the stop. In 2012, QCDC…
Accelerating Change Series: The power of technology to tell stories
For our 2013 Annual Luncheon blog series, we're discussing "Accelerating Change"—the theme of this year's Annual Luncheon. Experts from outside and inside MPC will bring their thoughts to the table on how technology is helping our cities meet the challenges and opportunities facing them today…
International Park(ing) Day finale: Activate
  • By Marisa Novara and MPC Research Assistant Jason Brown
  • Oct 11, 2013
For the past few years, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been covering the evolving phenomenon of Park(ing) Day, the third Friday in September that is now celebrated globally as a day to take back the streets by temporarily claiming parking spaces as people places. Park(ing) Day is not only…
Prioritizing Culture: Bronzeville’s Approach to Commercial Development
  • By Marisa Novara and MPC Research Assistant Jason Brown
  • Oct 10, 2013
When you think commercial development, installing art may not spring immediately to mind, yet the Bronzeville Alliance and its partner organizations have made art a priority in developing the 47th Street corridor and surrounding areas. Bronzeville has been a pillar of African-American culture and…
International Park(ing) Day part three: Compete
  • By Marisa Novara and MPC Research Assistant Jason Brown
  • Oct 9, 2013
For the past few years, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been covering the evolving phenomenon of Park(ing) Day, the third Friday in September that is now celebrated globally as a day to take back the streets by temporarily claiming parking spaces as people places. Park(ing) Day is not only…

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