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Transit-Oriented Development and Waking up from the American Dream

December 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Six-way intersections. Highway-adjacent playgrounds. Railway grade crossings. Urban planning is one of those practices one might not notice until encountering a poor example of it. While the frustration of a long commute may annoy the lay person, urban planning wonks know that the ways we arrange and interact with our built environment can have powerful impacts.

One emerging part of the urban planner’s toolbox is transit-oriented development (TOD). As our culture shifts, with more and more people opting to live in dense, urban neighborhoods and renouncing automobiles, the urban landscape must respond.
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Mode Shift: Getting Around Chicago More Sustainably

March 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

wabash_elIn 2009, according the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 120 million Americans commuted to work. Despite the rising cost of fuel, the vast majority of them—76%—drove alone. Only 5% took some sort of public transit and less than 1% traveled by bicycle.
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Chicago Identified for Transportation Innovation

March 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NRDC’s Smarter Cities project reveals how Chicago and fourteen other cities across the U.S. are raising the bar for affordable and accessible public transit.

By Nathan Mann

The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) recently released the findings from its Smarter Cities project, a transportation study identifying fifteen metropolitan regions with the nation’s leading transportation policies and practices. The study, created in collaboration with the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), rated U.S. regions based on public transit availability, use and cost, as well as other factors such as automobile use and innovative, sustainable transportation programs.
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Chicago’s Next Mayor: As Green as the Last?

January 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard M. Daley, Chicago’s outgoing mayor, has cultivated a reputation over the years for forward-thinking environmentalism. Bike sharing programs, the City Hall green roof and the Chicago Energy Conservation Code for new and remodeled buildings are just parts of the green legacy he leaves behind.
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