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CMAP Weekly Update, 6-9-17

Jun 21, 2017

Alternative Futures: Innovative Transportation

How might transportation technologies improve the mobility of people and goods in the Chicago region by 2050?  "Innovative Transportation" is the featured ON TO 2050 Alternative Future in June.  Read this memo about how innovation could affect road safety, freight, land use, and other strategically important factors.

This week, WCIU's Now.Chicago talked about the futures with CMAP executive director Joe Szabo and policy principal Liz Schuh.
Watch the video

You can provide input on all five futures via interactive kiosks, videos, workshops, and forums, along with Twitter and Facebook using #2050BigIdeas.  Don't forget to register for the next Alternative Futures forum, "Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility," at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, June 22, hosted and co-sponsored by the Illinois Institute for Technology.  

Reinvestment strategy paper released

Read CMAP's latest ON TO 2050 strategy paper, Reinvestment and Infill

The paper explores barriers to and strategies for promoting non-residential development in infill areas, and proposes regional and local strategies to support reinvestment.  For more information, contact Tony Manno ( or 312-386-8606).
Read more about reinvestment and infill

CMAP happenings

CMAP meetings
The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 14, preceded by the CMAP Planning Committee at 8:00 a.m.  You can track all our committees in the Events calendar.

Planning in Aurora
The City of Aurora will hold a public open house for its new Downtown Master Plan from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 22, in the Meyer Ballroom of the Paramount Theatre (8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora).  New Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin will give opening remarks at the meeting. 

The plan is supported by the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.  Contact Lindsay Bayley ( with questions.

FLIP application deadline
Today is the last day for high school students to submit an application for CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program.

ON TO 2050 public engagement
Thank you to Libertyville, Grayslake Farmers Market, Public Allies Chicago, North Lawndale, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago Region Trees Initiative, Transport Chicago, and the 606 Block Party for hosting Alternative Futures events.  To arrange a discussion for your organization, please contact Jane Grover ( or 312-386-8802).

LTA Symposium, Call for Projects
The Call for Projects for the Local LTA and RTA Community Planning programs is open for applications until June 29.

Planning in the news

Affordable housing
DNAInfo described a panel discussion about the Edgewater neighborhood in Chicago, where the shift in demographics has changed the housing market. CMAP's Elizabeth Irvin was one of the panelists.

CMAQ in the news
The Chicago Tribune examined the evolution of the 606 and its effect on nearby communities two years after the trail opened.  The project was partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

Soles and Spokes
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compares Strava and American Community Survey data on commuting by bicycle and walking.  The Seattle Times reported on Vision Zero initiatives in Seattle and Boston that would lower default speed limits to reduce traffic injuries.

Around the region

Calumet Collaborative
The Calumet Collaborative recently launched, building on the work of the former Millennium Reserve with an expanded scope of services and geography.  The Calumet Collaborative will focus on sustainable economic growth, environmental conservation, and community development in the entire Calumet region spanning southeast Chicago, south Cook County, and northwest Indiana.  Stay up to date through the revamped e-newsletter, the new website, or on Facebook.

Chi-Cal Rivers Request for Proposals
The Chi-Cal Rivers Fund is accepting applications through July 10, 2017, for projects that will reduce stormwater runoff for the major waterways within the Chicago and Calumet region.  Nonprofit 501(c) organizations, state, local, municipal, and tribal governments, and educational institutions are welcome to apply.

Grant management workshop
In partnership with the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy, Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant management class on July 24-25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the South Suburban College-Business and Career Institute (16333 S. Kilbourn Ave., Oak Forest).  CMAP weekly subscribers can receive the discounted rate of $565 with the code ILASSN.


Midlothian 147th Street Corridor Plan Open House
Midlothian Village Hall Council Chambers
14801 S. Pulaski Rd.
Midlothian, IL 60445
June 14, 2017
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
More information

Aurora Downtown Master Plan Open House
Paramount Theatre, Meyer Ballroom
8 E. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
June 22, 2017
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
More information

Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility
Illinois Institute of Technology
McCormick Tribune Campus Center
3201 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60616
June 22, 2017
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Register now

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