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COVID-19 Resources and Recommendations

The world changed quickly, and our talented team started writing. Here's what we've been up to

As a trusted change-maker, MPC’s experts continuously consult with our community partners on the frontlines to shape the ideas that Chicago region decision makers need. MPC is pointing the way, not to simply recover, but to #BuildBackBetter. We believe that every person deserves a future that is more equitable, affordable, sustainable, and efficient. Check back regularly for fresh ideas and insights, and for ways that you can be part of building a better, bolder future for everyone.


"Understanding the transportation experience of disadvantaged workers," Audrey Wennink, May 18, 2020

How can you land or hold a job when you can't reliably commute? How can Illinois leaders use equity as a lens for prioritizing where we spend limited public resources? 


"Transportation policies in the age of COVID," Audrey Wennink, May 18, 2020

From ensuring transit keeps running as safely as possible to building bike lanes for the post-COVID era, here are some transportation-focused policies we support right now


"The transition back to mobility: Walking and biking will be critical," Audrey Wennink, May 17, 2020

Upgrading bike infrastructure won’t negate the need for safe long-distance travel.  But we must build more redundancy and resilience into our transportation system.  


"How do we build communties for a resilient future?," Jeremy Glover, May 15, 2020

In April, MPC hosted Strong Towns author Charles Marohn for an eye-opening, data-driven conversation about what productive communities look like.


"The Eviction Cliff," Juan Sebastian Arias, May 7, 2020

What happens when temporary eviction moratoria expire, and people suddenly face months of overdue rent? 


"Not everyone can 'Stay at Home,'" Camryn Dillender and Juan Sebastian Arias, May 4, 2020

In a moment where everyone is being asked to #stayhome, existing housing inequalities are even more apparent. What happens to those who have no home to quarantine in?


"Data Points | Grocery shopping? : Not so fast," Shehara Waas and Christina Harris, May 4, 2020

Low levels of grocery store access, high reliance on public transportation, and unequal broadband adoption mean that, for some Chicago neighborhoods, food during the pandemic is not available in a quick walk or at the push of a button


"An incomplete Census count will exacerbate inequities of region," Debbie Liu, May 1, 2020

How an inaccurate Census will impact black and brown communities the hardest


"Equitable recovery requires meaningful engagement," Kendra Freeman, May 1, 2020

Building back better means engaging those most impacted by Coronavirus. But as social distancing makes face-to-face community dialogue impossible, how can we keep those voices at the center of the conversation?


"New HUD waiver provides opportunity to advance housing re-entry opportunities," Kate Walz, Vice President of Advocacy, Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Apr 29, 2020

Housing authorities can promote health and justice for returning citizens right now


"What Else Can We Do to Slow the Spread?," Chloe Gurin-Sands, Apr 27, 2020

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) proposes the following actions to help slow the spread and minimize future transmission.


"For Cook County Jail, a hot spot of COVID-19, our choices are fast action or mass death," Daniel Cooper and Amanda Klonsky, April 24, 2020, first published with the Chicago Sun-Times

Even as the number of people in the jail with COVID-19 increases, another week has passed without significant action to reduce the jail population.


"Digital Equity in Education in the Era of Coronavirus," Daniel Cooper, Apr 24, 2020

Research from MPC and Kids First Chicago shows children of color are less likely to have the internet or connected devices at home necessary for remote learning. Here’s what we can do about it.


"What can local governments do to manage the effects of COVID-19?," Adam Slade, Apr 23, 2020

In the face of a pandemic and looming recession, here’s how local governments can lessen negative effects


"Invest in water infrastructure for relief, resilience, and economic recovery," Justin Williams, Apr 20, 2020

As cities, states, and the federal government respond to COVID-19, the reasons for committing to resilient water infrastructure have never been more clear. MPC recommends actions to provide immediate relief to users and utilities, increase our water systems’ resilience to shocks, and help our economy recover.


"What the CARES Act means for Chicagoland," Justin Williams, March 27, 2020

The Federal Government just signed into law the CARES Act, which provides over 2 trillion dollars in relief to households, governments, and agencies. How will the relief package affect Chicagoland's social and physical infrastructure?


"Segregation and inequality make the Chicago region more vulnerable," Daniel Cooper and Shehara Waas, March 25, 2020

A look at the data, because our existing patterns of inequality will worsen unless we make addressing them the number one priority in our COVID policy responses.

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