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Re-Connection: MPC by the numbers 2011
  • 12/21/2011
  • Regionalist
On Dec. 8, MPC’s Board of Governors approved an ambitious work plan for 2012. It builds on notable achievements in 2011, such as the Bus Rapid Transit study, passage of Public-Private Partnership enabling legislation, and $29 million invested in housing and economic development activities in…
Re-Connection: Reasons to Give Thanks
  • 11/23/2011
  • Regionalist
Thursday is Thanksgiving. And whether that means family, food, football, or Black Friday, it is an occasion to reflect and, hopefully, be grateful. Where We Stand In the spirit of the holiday, we thought we would share some of the reasons MPC is especially thankful this year. The Chicago…
Re-Connection: Rahm's Budget, New EAH Participants, and Placemaking App Winner
  • 10/18/2011
  • Regionalist
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a 2012 budget that addresses the city’s projected $635 million budget gap through a mix of cuts, streamlining and fees, including a $2 parking fee on downtown garages and an increase in water rates. Where We Stand If there is an upside to the…
Re-Connection: Visit from Mayor Emanuel, Commute Options, and Placemaking
  • 9/28/2011
  • Regionalist
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) Board of Governors and Executive Advisors for a dialogue on how the region's civic and business communities can support the mayor’s key priorities, including strengthening the city’s economy,…
Re-Connection: Bus Rapid Transit in Chicago
  • 8/17/2011
  • Regionalist
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, the Metropolitan Planning Council released Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago's New Route to Opportunity, a vision for Chicago’s transportation and community development future that puts people – not steel, rubber or pavement – first. The report identifies the top…
Re-Connection: MPC Annual Luncheon Edition
  • 6/30/2011
  • Regionalist
This Monday, June 27, MPC hosted our 2011 Annual Luncheon, “What, Where and How? Rethinking the Retail Landscape,” featuring a conversation with Tom Mars, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Walmart U.S. At the event, MPC also presented the 2011 Burnham Award for…
Re-Connection Vol. 4 Issue 5
  • 5/25/2011
  • Regionalist
Turn on the TV, flip through your daily newspaper, or log onto Facebook these days, and it’s likely you’ll come across a provocative headline or strong opinion about Walmart’s big plans for Chicago. Over the next two years, Walmart intends to build several new stores in the city,…
Re-Connection Vol. 4 Issue 4
  • 4/20/2011
  • Regionalist
On May 16, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel will become Chicago’s 55th mayor, ushering in a new era for the third-largest city in the U.S. This momentous changing of the guard has captured the nation’s attention, but transition certainly isn’t an anomaly in our region: Twenty-plus newly…
Re-Connection Vol. 4 Issue 3
  • 3/16/2011
  • Regionalist
On March 9, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Board announced its selection of 64 priority projects in metropolitan Chicago that will receive local technical assistance. Thanks to a $4.25 million grant from the federal Sustainable Communities Initiative, the success of these projects…
Re-Connection Vol. 4 Issue 2
  • 2/18/2011
  • Regionalist
On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Chicago voters will go to the polls to elect their first new mayor in 22 years. Last night, a crowd of 2,000 gathered at the Oriental Theatre in the Loop to hear the top four contenders – Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle, Rahm Emanuel, and Carol Moseley Braun – duke it…

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