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Incorporating location efficiency (measured here as the cost of transportation associated with places) into policy and affordability analysis exposes previously hidden financial burdens and time constraints for households, poor location decisions by developers, and missed and misplaced opportunities for municipalities. Furthermore, it challenges misinformed criticisms of the cost of building transit, since these critiques do not fully account for the benefits or take into account the hidden costs associated with sprawl and auto dependency. Not only are the high costs of transportation hidden, but so are the low costs, and therefore so is the inherent value of more convenient in-town urban, inner-suburban, and other urbanizing locations. Consequently, many of these convenient but undervalued areas suffer from disinvestment and lack the ability to attract new investment and redevelopment.
A diverse group of neighbors and businesspeople from the portion of Milwaukee Avenue between the Western Avenue and California Avenue CTA stations met on November 28, 2007 at the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Their mission was to identify a community vision for the corridor. The area is under significant development pressure and there is active debate about what form of future development is desirable. The community meeting on November 28th was convened to help the alderman and the city understand the community’s concerns and priorities. A facilitated process was used to collect information and develop areas of consensus where possible.
Remarks by Jacky Grimshaw at the state capital bill signing by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn laying out five critical areas where public investment would help achieve a sustainable future: clean energy, clean water, toxic waste clean up, open space, and transportation.
Municipalities in Northeastern Illinois locally plan and implement many facets of water supply, stormwater, and wastewater management. Factors such as changes in municipal leadership, water’s rank among local priorities, and municipal finances determine how well water resources are managed. At the same time, external factors such as compliance with federal, state or county regulations, competitiveness for loans or grants, and the real estate development market can affect local decisions. A further complication is that while water resources are often dealt with in separate buckets – water supply, stormwater and wastewater – the water itself rarely obeys those distinctions. The output of potable water consumption is the input for wastewater management, so water supply conservation and efficiency can reduce demand for sewage treatment infrastructure and services.
Equitable mobility pilot projects should center the voices usually left out of decision-making through a community-driven process. Equitable mobility pilot projects must also address entrenched injustices by providing the following benefits to low-income communities of color in a way that is meaningful, direct, and assured: (1) Increased access to affordable, efficient, safe, reliable mobility options; (2) Reduced air pollution; (3) Enhanced economic opportunities. Historically, transportation investments and plans have not met the mobility needs of low-income people of color because decisions have been made behind closed doors without community input. This has resulted in these communities suffering from disproportionate levels of transportation-related pollution and longer and less reliable commutes. A lack of good mobility options limits low-income people\'s ability to raise themselves out of poverty. Today, low-income people of color often face financial, technological, physical, or cultural, barriers to accessing shared mobility services (i.e. bikeshare, scooter share, Uber, carshare, etc.). Some of these mobility services have also be shown to compete with public transit ridership and utilize unfair labor practices, both of which harm people of color.
This report provides analysis of Amtrak\'s Downeaster rail line, finding that the current level of service is generating increased usage and economic benefits. With further service and connectivity improvements the Downeaster and connected railroads could provide the basic infrastructure for extensive transit oriented development (TOD). A TOD is a compact and integrated development of homes, retail, and service businesses, public park space and other amenities that create an inviting atmosphere for pedestrians in the area that surrounds a public transit station.
CMAP staff partnered with the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) Office of Water Resources (OWR) through its Lake Michigan Water Allocation Program in an effort to improve understanding of the water-loss control practices and challenges faced by community water suppliers whose source of water is Lake Michigan. The effort involved analysis of water-use data (2007-12) compiled by IDNR from annual audit reports required of communities with an allocation of lake water; an Internet-based survey questionnaire featuring 23 questions sent to 172 community water suppliers with public infrastructure to manage; site visits with six communities for an in-depth discussion of the water-loss control issues; and additional site visits with three communities to begin to gauge response to the industry standard water-loss control tool available to help solve the problem.
The scope and severity of flood risk and flood-related damages in the Chatham community are among the worst in Cook County. At the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), our water program promotes practical changes in the way people manage water as a resource and changes that are good for residents, good for businesses, and good for the environment. Through programs like our RainReadySM℠ Initiative, we help homeowners and municipalities save money by installing green infrastructure solutions like rain gardens and bioswales for stormwater management. Much of our work is done to prevent and alleviate flood issues which includes community outreach and development of the RainReady Midlothian Plan and six community plans in Suburban Cook County, Illinois.
This report contends that creating and preserving diverse transit-oriented neighborhoods is sound public policy that would favorably impact households and regions on multiple fronts, resulting in: a broader range of housing opportunities, greater transportation choice, better environmental outcomes and stronger family and neighborhood economies. There is no single silver bullet for creating and preserving such neighborhoods, however. Promoting and preserving diverse transit oriented neighborhoods requires policies that address housing, land use and transportation, experienced practitioners in several sectors, tools geared to promote transportation-oriented development (TOD )and affordability, and flexible financing.
Planning policies aimed at reducing vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) combined with growing consumer demand for walkable, transit-rich neighborhoods have led to increased development interest in location-efficient neighborhood - i.e., those places associated with the lowest transportation costs. Location-efficient places are characterized by high levels of accessibility to jobs and services that enable residents to drive less either by making shorter trips or by shifting trips to transit, walking, and bicycling.