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