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Sam Schwartz on the Rise of Cities and Fall of Cars

October 22, 2015, 5 to 7 p.m.

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Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400

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The number of miles Americans are driving is declining for the first time in the hundred-year history of the automobile. Urban-dwelling Americans, particularly “Millennials," increasingly prefer active transportation choices like walking or cycling and taking public transit, ride-shares or taxis. This isn’t a consequence of higher gas prices, or even the economic downturn, but rather a groundswell of individual decisions to be a lot less dependent on cars. If cities like Chicago want to remain competitive and grow and retain their younger populations, they need to plan for this new way of living.

In Street Smart, former New York City Traffic Commissioner Sam Schwartz, a.k.a. “Gridlock Sam,” one of the most respected transportation experts in the world, explains how an urban transformation is underway to create smart streets that are more vibrant, active and livable.

Join the Metropolitan Planning Council and Sam Schwartz for a night of sharp insight to uncover how American cities became so beholden to cars and why the current shift away from that trend will forever alter America’s urban landscapes.

Copies of Street Smart will be available for purchase at the event.

The cost of the event is $15 and includes light refreshments. Seating is limited, so please register in advance.

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The program will begin at 5:30 p.m., with time to mingle before and after.

This event is part of a three-part event series featuring transportation experts and authors Sam Schwartz (October 22), Gabe Klein (November 10) and Janette Sadik-Khan (Spring 2016).

Goose Island Beer Company is MPC’s Urban Think & Drink beverage sponsor.

MPC thanks Sam Schwartz Consulting, LLC, TransitCenter and Solomon Cordwell Buenz for their generous sponsorship of this event.


Event sponsorship is available. For information on how to sponsor this event, contact MPC Development Director Scott Farley at

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Chicago, Ill. 60603
312 922 5616

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