CMAP Weekly Update, 11-27-13
REMINDER: UIC Urban Forum December 5. The University of Illinois at Chicago will hold its annual Urban Forum next Thursday, December 5, at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, and this year's theme is Technology and the Resilience of Metropolitan Regions. I'll speak on an afternoon panel, "The Growing Metropolis: How will emerging technologies influence urban growth and development?" in addition to providing the forum's closing remarks. Register on-line. Earlier that week, on December 3 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., I will also be on a panel on the future of regional transportation planning with CMAP Board member Frank Beal, among others (UIC Great Cities Institute, 412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400). RSVP at www.uic.edu/cuppa/gci.
Planning for the future. As part of the Chicago Tribune "A New Plan for Chicago" series, The Chicago Community Trust's president and CEO Terry Mazany contributed a piece on the importance of bold planning. In case you missed it, last week I contributed an op-ed column to advocate for express toll lanes as the most effective strategy for managing traffic region-wide.
Other News and Announcements
LTA updates. Among recent highlights from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program:
- The Lan-Oak Park District is asking for feedback on its park master plan under development. Lansing residents can share what types of recreation facilities, programs, and services they would like to see at www.surveymonkey.com/s/lanoak2013 through December 13, 2013. Residents of Rosemont can also provide input on its first comprehensive plan since 1977 at www.rosemont.metroquest.com through January 15, 2014.
- The Chicago Tribune described the St. Charles Homes for a Changing Region public meeting held last week. This is the last week residents can provide input at www.foxvalley.metroquest.com. Learn more at www.cmap.illinois.gov/homes.
- The Roseland-based Development Community Project's LTA-supported efforts to set the stage for extension of the Red Line South to 130th St. -- a high priority of GO TO 2040 -- were the subject of a blog post.
Fixing leaks. The Center for Neighborhood Technology released a new report on the importance on investing in water infrastructure and fixing leaky pipes.
Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog informed readers of a December 6 webinar on the maintenance of pedestrian facilities. We were also pleased to share that the Villages of Elmhurst and Batavia both obtained bronze-level status in the latest round of the League of American Bicyclists' BicycleFriendly Communities awards program.
Transportation Alternatives Program comment period. The draft set of projects for the FY 2013-14 CMAP Transportation Alternatives program was released for public comment. Send comments to Jesse Elam (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be accepted until December 16, 2013.
Performance-based funding. Transparent evaluation criteria based on "performance-based funding" can improve transportation decision making, as described in a CMAP microsite and detailed analysis.
Chinatown visioning meeting
December 9, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Pui Tak Center: 2216 S. Wentworth Avenue, Third Floor, Chicago
Hosted by the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis, and CMAP