Illinois

April 12, 2014, 5am PDT
To create more active and economically healthy downtowns, cities are seeking development on parking lots.
Newsweek
April 10, 2014, 12pm PDT
Chicago has a reputation for being the most development-friendly city this side of Houston. But Stephen J. Smith cites restrictive zoning outside the Loop as one cause of the city’s anemic housing market.
Next City
April 6, 2014, 5am PDT
For sale in Chicago for $1: city-owned lots in Southside neighborhoods. The idea, which has been implemented in Chicago before, is to get more land in the hands of neighborhood residents and stakeholders.
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2014, 12pm PDT
A new animated map presents the reported cases of potholes in Chicago since November—the maps colorful and provides insights into how the city, and our relationship to it, can change with time.
Chicago Tribune
March 27, 2014, 10am PDT
Chicago political leaders are floating a pair of competing bills that would regulate transportation network companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. Cab companies are pushing for legislation, seeking a “level playing field” in the market.
Crain's Chicago Business
March 24, 2014, 11am PDT
Chicago recently began construction on the $60 million Navy Pier Flyover—an elevated bike and pedestrian path built along Lake Michigan near the Navy Pier.
Chicago Tribune
March 21, 2014, 6am PDT
The already brilliant city of Chicago is soon to get another big draw—the extension of a riverwalk promenade between State and Lake streets.
Chi.Streetsblog
March 19, 2014, 2pm PDT
Acknowledging that many neighborhoods in Chicago have seen dramatic improvements in livability and income levels, one writer could still identify two Chicagos: “Global Chicago” and “Rust Belt Chicago.”
The Corner Side Yard
March 15, 2014, 7am PDT
Comparing the demographic changes of Cleveland and Chicago, the results might surprise you: “Cleveland (Cuyahoga County) is experiencing brain gain. Chicago (Cook County) has brain drain.”
Pacific Standard
March 10, 2014, 8am PDT
Cook County is in the early stages of public outreach for its first transportation plan since the 1940 “Highway Plan for Cook County.”
Chi.Streetsblog
March 7, 2014, 5am PST
The Second City does not suffer for picturesque vantage points or large personalities, making it a natural fit for CNN to study in a new documentary miniseries.
Atlantic Cities
March 6, 2014, 5am PST
At a recent hearing of the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force, experts like Peter Skosey made the case for the types of changes necessary to meet Chicago’s goals for increased transit ridership, focusing on transit oriented development.
Chi.Streetsblog
March 4, 2014, 5am PST
A $226 million contract to build 32 higher speed diesel locomotives, capable of reaching 125 mph, was awarded to the team of the German conglomerate, Siemens AG and Indiana-based engine maker Cummins, Inc over Peoria, Ill. based Caterpillar, Inc.
The Wall Street Journal - Business
February 28, 2014, 1pm PST
The proposed Ashland Bus Rapid Transit line in Chicago, the latest effort in an ambitious multi-modal transportation investment plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Chicago DOT Commissioner Gabe Klein, is a game changer for an already unique city.
The Atlantic Cities
February 26, 2014, 9am PST
Bus rapid transit (BRT) is well known among planners as a cheap method to improve bus service and provide an alternative to rail, but BRT projects around the country have met resistance from an array of status quo interests.
Atlantic Cities
February 15, 2014, 7am PST
The state of Illinois is actively pushing two highway projects that might fail to pencil-out for users and for state taxpayers.
Chi.Streetsblog
February 10, 2014, 1pm PST
The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge opened to vehicle traffic over the weekend. The 1,500-foot cable-stayed span across the Mississippi River is touted as a traffic relief infrastructure.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 9, 2014, 5am PST
The first step to solving the transit “desert” problem is identifying where those deserts are. But that’s easier said than done.
Atlantic Cities
February 3, 2014, 7am PST
Dealing with the scars left by past tornadoes, towns like Greensburg, Kansas, have involved the community in planning efforts to rebuild and reimagine the future.
Chicago Tribune
January 26, 2014, 9am PST
Chicago's big-data projects seem unwieldy, but there is a sound core plan informing them.
Future Cities