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Where's the love for governmental collaboration? Suburban partnerships need our support
In communities like Park Forest just south of Chicago, there's a natural longing for the past. Life used to seem logical in this planned community. A high school graduate could get a decent job at Hollymatic, which until 1982—almost 20 proud years—manufactured the machine which made…
Does Chicago have the gumption for gold-standard bus rapid transit?
This post first appeared on Living Cities' The Catalyst blog on Oct. 30, 2013. A century ago, Chicago’s electrified street cars sped down (mostly) dedicated lanes on busy commercial streets. Today local buses are stuck in the same traffic as everyone else. Having examined this inefficiency…
MPC in Toronto: Meeting of the Minds 2013
People are the driving force behind innovation. And when smart, inquisitive people from disparate experiences come together to tackle the toughest problems facing cities and regions, quantum progress is possible. Technology accelerates this phenomenon in exciting ways that allow us to visualize…
Kudos to MPC’s Leaders named to Crain’s Who’s Who 2013
MPC is fortunate to have a dedicated, talented and diverse core of volunteers whose expertise and advice inform our work every day. Whether they serve as members of our Board of Governors or Resource Board, participate on one of our Committees, or serve as Executive Advisors, these individuals…
MPC's work transforming the region, thanks to our generous donors!
Summer officially arrived last week, marking the halfway point of 2013. Before another day passes, all of us at the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) want to thank all of our supporters and share how you’ve helped us create a more prosperous and livable region. We could not have…
Letter to the Editor—Divvy Bikes an asset to the city
The follow letter to the editor by Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) President MarySue Barrett was submitted to the Chicago Tribune in response to their May 29 article "Overtime fees, legal potholes dot city's bike-share program," and ran in the June 9, 2013 "Voice of the People" section of the…
Metropolitan Planning Council cultivates leaders
Spring makes me feel happy, thanks to the sprouting plants in my parkway garden and along Chicago's verdant boulevards and downtown planting beds. This spring, I've been busy in MPC's "garden," recruiting and interviewing talent to join our growing team: I’m thrilled to welcome Debra Spencer…
Next City op-ed: Chicago needed an investment partner, so it’s building one itself
Why has the Chicago Infrastructure Trust generated outsized interest? For starters, I can’t think of many mayors beyond Rahm Emanuel who can produce former President Bill Clinton for a local press announcement. Yet there he was on March 1 of last year, lauding his former staffer (and former…
Let's fix some leaks! IDNR’s proposed updates to Lake Michigan permit process a good first step; region should go even further
It’s Fix a Leak Week, an annual, national campaign to encourage Americans to grab a pair of pliers (or hire a plumber) to fix running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks that add up to an estimated 11,000 gallons of water wasted each year in each U.S. household. To encourage…
Bus-only lanes a smart step toward easing Chicago commutes
Reliability. When it comes to the work commute, it doesn't matter whether we drive, take public transportation or ride a bike — reliability is the No. 1 quality we're looking for, according to several recent reports, including the local Regional Transportation Authority's Customer…

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