COVID-19 brought the Chicago region—and the world—to its knees, sickening our residents, stressing our institutions, commerce, and infrastructure, and underscoring the inequities between our communities.
Moving forward from this pandemic requires creativity, community-mindedness, fiscal resources, listening to the wisdom of local leaders, and deep consultation with issue experts. The same is true for solutions to climate change, structural racism, global economic shifts and other threats to our individual and collective resilience.
Working collaboratively, we can #BuildBackBetter, in ways that prepare us for whatever comes next.
If you’re seeking ideas on how metropolitan Chicago can confront the unacceptable inequities quantified in our Cost of Segregation study... if you’re all in on creating a more equitable, sustainable, prosperous, engaged and responsible future... if you believe in the potential of cities as places where every family can thrive... then join us.
Our policy recommendations
The Metropolitan Planning Council's work deals with the infrastructure critical to supporting individual and community health: housing, transportation, land use, water, and government operations. MPC’s COVID-19 analyses and recommendations are organized into three broad categories:
- Slow the Spread -- Policies and practices that help reduce transmission by promoting physical distancing, supporting hygiene and wellbeing, testing and tracking, and preventing or responding quickly to future spikes in transmission.
- Immediate Financial Relief -- Policies and practices that help people, businesses, and municipalities currently in financial distress.
- Build Back Better -- Policies and practices that will help our communities recover from COVID-19 while also creating a more equitable and sustainable society in the long-term. Policies that will make us more prepared and resilient in the face of future threats.
View MPC's COVID-19 resources and recommendations
All of MPC’s policy analyses and recommendations, updated frequently, can be found by clicking the box above, and recent highlights are featured below. In addition, MPC experts frequently deliver testimony and sign on to position statements which can be found here.
Ideas to #BuildBackBetter
Selected work includes:
"Chicago Connected", a program activated by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, raised $50 million to provide free, high-speed broadband for Chicago Public Schools students. Research by Kids First Chicago and MPC.
How do we preserve apartment displacement in the wake of COVID-19? Let's learn from our mistakes of the 2008 financial crisis.
No one will benefit if we continue to use the same fiscal policy structures. If we want a solvent, vibrant future post pandemic, we need to challenge the status quo of taxation and spending.
Agencies and municipalities in the Chicago region work together in response to COVID-19.
The first step of addressing structural racism? State and local government must change its budgeting process to evaluate the racial impact of its services and investments.
When social distancing comes to an end, we need long-term strategies and local planning on Chicago's public transportation.
By working together to #BuildBackBetter we can reimagine the systems that underpin our region and create a better, bolder and more equitable future for all Chicagoans.