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Power in partnerships

MPC is moving forward on an ambitious, region-wide agenda to manage our water supply

It might not seem like the Chicago region has much in common with Las Vegas, especially not when it comes to water. But one way in which we're very similar is our need to manage our water resources.

At a day-long forum on Thursday, May 12, hosted by Northwest Water Planning Alliance, MPC and City of Aurora, Brookings Institution fellow and water expert Pat Mulroy explained how she brought seven independent water authorities together to save the Las Vegas region from its water woes. Her story inspired the crowd of municipal leaders to find power in partnerships here at home.

In 2016, MPC is working to shape a region-wide agenda for managing our region's water supply, to ensure we have the water we need in the future.

Making sense of the Census

The Chicago region lost population between 2014 and 2015—making us 20th out of the top 20 major American cities. From who rides transit, to where the jobs are, to what's going on with the city's middle class, this week we examine where the region is headed—and what we should be doing about it.

MPC President MarySue Barrett talks with Justin Kaufmann, host of WGN Radio's The Download, about the city's stagnant growth.

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Talking Transit is supported by Bombardier.

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A South Side child’s discovery of segregation

Alden Loury, MPC's new director of research and evaluation, recounts the stark contrasts of his childhood in "Chicago's South Side in black and white." 

Is the age of iconic American cities over?

Join MPC and our coastal compatriots—San Francisco’s SPUR and New York City’s Regional Plan Association—for an Urban Think & Drink on Thursday, June 2, to talk about the problems facing our cities and how to solve them.
MPC thanks ComEd and Yagan Family Fund for their generous sponsorship of this event, and Revolution Brewing for providing libations.

The South Side with Natalie Moore

WBEZ Reporter Natalie Moore joins us Thursday, June 16, at an Urban Think & Drink to talk about her new book and real Chicagoans' experiences on Chicago's South Side. 
MPC thanks Revolution Brewing for providing libations. For sponsorship opportunities, please see our event page.

Upcoming events

MPC Urban Think & Drink—Is the Age of Iconic American Cities Over?
June 2, 5 p.m.
hosted by MPC, New York City's RPA and San Francisco's SPUR
sponsored by ComEd and Yagan Family Fund — co-sponsorships still available

MPC Urban Think & Drink—The South Side with WBEZ's Natalie Moore
June 16, 5 p.m.
sponsorship opportunities available

MPC Urban Think & Drink—Why is Minneapolis Growing Faster than Chicago?
July 14, 5 p.m.
sponsored by ComEd and Yagan Family Fund — co-sponsorships still available

MPC Urban Think & Drink—Lessons from Boomtown
Sept. 21, 5 p.m.
sponsored by ComEd and Yagan Family Fund — co-sponsorships still available
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