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Chicago Planning Department Rejects 'Overparked' Six Corners Proposal

In a decision that is still impossible in most of the country, Chicago's Department of Planning and Development is requiring housing and reduced surface parking to approve a retail project.

February 24, 2021 - Streetsblog Chicago

Chicago Suburb

A Frank Discussion About Struggling Suburbs

Many suburban areas outside thriving urban cores are struggling to deliver vital services and maintain property values as job and population growth stagnates. It's time to confront the realities of those communities, according to this article.

August 5, 2019 - Governing

Metra Commuter Rail

Illinois gets Federal Grant to Reduce Railroad Delays on Chicago's South Side

The Federal government has awarded Illinois $132 million for new infrastructure around 75th street and 71st streets.

June 9, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

jetBlue Las Vegas

Elevated Expressway Proposal Goes Bust in Las Vegas

A proposal to build an elevated expressway to provide passage for cars to and from the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has folded.

December 21, 2017 - Las Vegas Sun

Chicago Bungalows

Cook County Assessor Sued for Assessments 'Perpetuating Institutional Racism'

Joseph Berrios, Cook County assessor, is believed to have defrauded home-owners in majority minority neighborhoods. Now Berrios faces a lawsuit.

December 20, 2017 - Chicago Tribune

Millennium Park Fountain

Chicago's Black Residents Continuing to Leave the City

The Census shows that black residents are leaving Chicago and the surrounding areas. Many tie the trend to disinvestment in black neighborhoods, including the closings of schools.

June 29, 2017 - Chicago Tribune


Cook County Property Taxes Cheat the Poor

In Cook County, which contains the city of Chicago and some of its suburbs, property values have been manipulated to disguise the value of homes, helping the rich at the expense of the poor (particularly poor minorities).

June 10, 2017 - The Chicago Tribune

Population Decline in the Latest Census Estimates

Not only are suburbs growing, many of the larger, older cities that had reversed decades of population decline, are now losing population, again. The biggest losers: counties with the greatest population densities.

March 28, 2017 - Governing

Cook County Land Bank Expands Vacancy Program, Offers 4,400 Lots for Sale

The vacant lot program at the Cook County Land Bank Authority recently kicked into high gear—offering a huge number of vacant lots for sale, located around 27 neighborhoods and suburbs in the Chicago region.

February 20, 2017 - Crain's Chicago Business

Chicago, IL

Leaving Chicago

Why are folks fleeing from the city and the state in record numbers? Is domestic migration to blame for the Chicago region's population loss last year of over 6,000 and the state's loss of over 22,000 people?

May 5, 2016 - Chicago Tribune

Cook County Court: Bike Lanes More Than 'Recreational Facilities'

Proof that words matter—especially in court—came when Chicago tried to redefine bike lanes as recreational facilities.

January 25, 2016 - Bike Law

Progress for Cook County's Long Range Transportation Plan; Funding Questions Remain

Chicago's home county this year launched its first transportation since 1940. Initial outreach efforts have produced a draft vision statement and four planning scenarios.

October 21, 2014 - Chi.Streetsblog

First Transportation Plan Since 1940 Launches in Chicago’s Cook County

Cook County is in the early stages of public outreach for its first transportation plan since the 1940 “Highway Plan for Cook County.”

March 10, 2014 - Chi.Streetsblog

Can Algorithms Expedite the Activation of Vacant Properties?

With thousands of abandoned homes located in neighborhoods of varying shape and character, Chicago has a massive challenge in returning its vacant properties to active use. Can algorithms help leaders decide on the right solutions?

July 23, 2013 - Next City

Chicago Area Taking Aggressive Steps to Stabilize Housing Market

Although the nation's housing market appears to be improving, the foreclosure crisis is far from over. Following in the footsteps of other localities, Cook County, Illinois, is creating a countywide land bank to help address its foreclosures.

January 25, 2013 - The Architect's Newspaper

A Closer Look At Growth Data Showing An Urban Revival

On April 5, the U.S. Census Bureau released growth data from April 2010 to July 2011 showing that for the first time in 20 years, urban growth surpassed exurban growth. Yonah Freemark takes a closer look at the data for 21 metropolitan areas.

April 10, 2012 - theTransportPolitic

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