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Lawndale Community Prepares for New Life on Ogden

The Lawndale community, on Chicago ’s West Side , is no stranger to collective community activism. After all, it’s been home to two of the world’s most notable movement leaders: Ma rtin Luther King Jr., and the only female prime minister in the history of Israel , Golda Meir. However, this time out, the Lawndale community is focused on collectively creating a market-based plan for the rejuvenation of Ogden Avenue that is expected to be the cornerstone of the city’s effort to attract community development throughout North Lawndale.

MPC is sponsoring a series of meetings to provide an overview of current land use policies in Lawndale , and work with community residents to identify development-related challenges and opportunities in the neighborhood. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 24 at Ma son Elementary Auditorium, 1830 S. Keeler Ave. , from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The second meeting will take place Tuesday, July 8, also at the Ma son Elementary Auditorium. The final meeting is Tuesday, July 22 in the North Lawndale College Prep High School Auditorium, at 1615 S. Christiana Ave.

This public participation phase of the planning process is focused on helping residents formulate realistic development proposals that the community’s leaders and developers can use. The ultimate goal of the Lawndale Corridor Development Initiative is to capitalize on the community’s attractive housing stock, easy access to public transit, great park space, proximity to downtown Chicago , and strong community organizations to promote new retail and residential growth.

For more information regarding the meetings or the Lawndale Corridor Development Initiative, contact Karin Sommer, MPC Associate at 312.863.6044 or ksommer@metroplanning.org .

Summertime in Chicago Means Baseball, Barbeques and Burnham Award Nominations

Thanks in large part to the work of Daniel Hudson Burnham and Edward H. Bennett, co-authors of the 1909 Plan of Chicago, the robust green scenery we enjoy along the lakefront and throughout the region serves as a clear indication the summer season is in full bloom.

It was Burnham’s idealism, imagination and vision that incorporated a system of forest preserves, parks and broad avenues reminiscent of the French Baroque tradition into the plan.

That spirit of revolutionary planning also is the inspiration behind the Metropolitan Planning Council’s annual Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning. The 19-year-old award recognizes superior plans that have resulted in sensible growth and development in the Chicago region. MPC is currently calling for nominations for the 2008 award. MPC presented the 2007 Burnham Award to Northwest Indiana 's Marquette Plan.

MPC presents the award along, with a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of National City Bank, at its Annual Meeting Luncheon. For more information concerning the Burnham Award or how to apply, please contact Katherine Bucar, MPC’s Production Assistant at Kbucar@metroplanning.org or 312.863.6019.

Local Planning Commissioners Receive Hand-On Training

In most towns and communities around the region, planning commissioners are civic-minded volunteers with little to no professional planning experience. And, yet, they are responsible for making decisions that will impact their communities for generations. Thanks to MPC’s Planning 1-2-3, the step-by-step workbook for writing a comprehensive plan in Illinois, these commissioners can now sleep a little easier at night. T

he Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has designed a series of workshops that incorporate Planning 1-2-3 and focus on helping municipal planning commissioners and elected officials make informed planning decisions. The workshops, co-sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association, strive to educate municipalities on everything from conducting productive meetings to new and innovative approaches to urban planning.

The workshops are scheduled to be held around the six-county region from 2008 to early 2009, and offer participants the opportunity to explore the fundamental principles of comprehensive planning, as well as MPC-facilitated land use planning exercises that simulate the planning process for growth and development in typical communities. “Planning for things like land use and public transportation requires communities to look several years ahead,” said Joanna Trotter , MPC’s Community Building Initiative Manager, “so tools like Planning 1-2-3 are a great way to access professional expertise.”

For more information about upcoming workshops, please contact Hubert Morgan, CMAP External Relations at hmorgan@cmap.illinois.gov , or 312.386.8790.

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