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More Thoughts on the TOD Debate as the Boom Moves Into Its Next Phase

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One thing’s for sure: As the current transit-oriented development boom unfolds along Milwaukee Avenue it’s bringing major changes to the affected neighborhoods. Many people agree that adding dense, low-parking development near Blue Line stations is a good strategy for reducing car dependency. But there’s been debate about whether the new wave of high-end TOD buildings […]

It’s a Lobby-palooza! Join MPC’s 43 Minutes for $43 Billion Infrastructure Push

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Are you ready for (almost three-quarters of) an hour of power? That’s what the Metropolitan Planning Council has planned for Wednesday, May 18, at 11 a.m., when they’ll hold the 43 Minutes for $43 Billion transportation infrastructure lobbying jam session. They’re asking Chicagoland residents to call their legislators and contact leaders in Springfield to ask them […]

Why Does Ramirez-Rosa Want to Rezone a Parking Lot by the Logan Stop?

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A parking lot next to the Logan Square Blue Line station that’s ripe for redevelopment is under review for a zoning change. 35th Ward alder Carlos Ramirez-Rosa intends to change the zoning district from a very low-density, mixed-use B1-1 designation to RT-4, a residential district designation. That type of zoning allows only single-family homes and two-flats. Rodrigo Anzures-Oyorzabal, […]

Experts Critique 28 Community Proposals for Logan Square ‘L’ Site

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On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Planning Council concluded the Corridor Development Initiative, a series of three public meetings that brought area residents together to envision a new development atop the entrance to the Logan Square ‘L’ station. 35th Ward Alderman Rey Colón enthusiastically noted that this was by far the best-attended of the three meetings. The […]

“Old Place New Tricks” Contest Pushes Neighborhood Placemaking

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A video promoting the contest, featuring MPC’s Kara Riggio. The Metropolitan Planning Council has been holding placemaking contests since 2008, but this year they’re going to actually train community members in strategies to enliven underused lots, plazas and corners in their neighborhoods. The Old Place New Tricks Challenge will also reward the most successful placemakers with […]