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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-14-17

Jul 21, 2017

Alternative Futures: Transformed Economy

How might the region's employment trends change by 2050?  Explore an interactive graphic that forecasts regional employment by category in 2050, then take a survey about this month's featured Alternative Future, Transformed Economy.  And take the time to weigh in on this Alternative Future via web survey, kiosks, or by attending a workshop.
The Chicago Tribune previewed our next forum, "The Future of Economic Opportunity," while reporting on a timely new study of automation's long-term effects on regional jobs.  Also see CMAP's guest post on the Metropolitan Planning Council blog about the forum, which will be held on Wednesday, July 19, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., at the Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium (2010 N. Chestnut Rd., Homewood).
Finally, August 30 will mark a return to the City Club of Chicago by CMAP executive director Joe Szabo.  His talk will be the first look at what we've heard from the public during our five-month Alternative Futures engagement and preview recommendations of the ON TO 2050 plan.

CMAP Happenings

Updated community snapshots
Based on new information from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2011-15 American Community Survey, CMAP has updated the Community Data Snapshots for all 284 municipalities, seven counties, 77 City of Chicago Community Areas, and the region as a whole.  Metrics include housing, educational attainment, household income, and other population characteristics.  
Chicago minority groups grow 
Chicago Tonight reported on CMAP's recent Policy Update, which found significant decline in the number of white and African-American residents in the Chicago region between 2005-16. Growing groups including Asian and Hispanic populations now comprise nearly a third of the region's population, while persons of color overall comprise nearly half. 
ON TO 2050 outreach
We thank the Advisory Committee for the Regional Transportation Authority's Human Services Transportation Plan, CMAP's Human and Community Development Committee, and the Woods Fund Chicago for hosting ON TO 2050 Alternative Futures events this week.  To arrange a discussion, contact Jane Grover (312-386-8802 or 

Draft ON TO 2050 Preview Report

Please submit comments by Thursday, August 3, on the draft ON TO 2050 Preview Report, which describes likely recommendations organized by the three overarching principles of resilience, inclusive growth, and prioritized investment.
CMAP will incorporate feedback and release the final preview report in October 2017.  A draft of the full ON TO 2050 plan will be released for comment in June 2018, with adoption scheduled for October 2018.

Planning in the news

Red Line 95th St. Station
Theaster Gates of the Rebuild Foundation and the University of Chicago unveiled innovative art destined for the Red Line's 95th St. Station.  The CTA calls it their largest-ever public artwork.  Read more in the Trib, DNAinfo, and Curbed Chicago.
Improving North Lake Shore Drive
Crain's Chicago Business and the Trib reported on redesign of North Lake Shore Drive. The public can comment through August 9.
Designing for bicyclist safety
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, is offering a two-day course on Designing for Bicyclist Safety at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago) on August 28-29.  Registration is required.
Soles and Spokes
The National Complete Streets Coalition launched a technical assistance program called 
Safe Streets Academy to help jurisdictions transform their commitment to traffic safety into practice.  The USDOT released its 2016 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report on the use and benefits of the Recreational Trails Program.

Around the region

Driverless cars panel discussion
Register now to join the American Planning Association Chicago Metro Section (APA-CMS) and American Institute of Architects Chicago on Thursday, July 20, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the APA offices (205 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago) to learn how autonomous vehicles will affect the future mobility and development of the region.  
Erosion and habitat workshop
The Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting a workshop on controlling erosion and enhancing habitat by creating resilient and ecologically functional landscapes along urban lake and pond shorelines on Thursday, July 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe).  Registration is required.


Alternative Futures Public Workshop
Richton Park Community Center
4445 Sauk Tr.
Richton Park, IL 60471
July 18, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
The Future of Economic Opportunity
Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium
2010 N. Chestnut Rd.
Homewood, IL 60430
July 19, 2017
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
10th Annual Municipal Design Review Network Urban Design Walking Tour 
Downers Grove Village Hall 
801 Burlington Ave. 
Downers Grove, IL 60515 
July 20, 2017
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Driverless Cars...Driving Change
American Planning Association 
Catherine Bauer Conference Room 
205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60601
July 20, 2017
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Advancing a Healthy Community Workshop 
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
233 South Wacker Dr., 8th Floor 
Chicago, IL 60606
July 27, 2017
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 
Chicago Shared Mobility Open House
WeWork National Building
125 S. Clark Street, Floor 17 
Chicago, IL 60603
July 27, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Doing More with Less in 2050
Libertyville Civic Center
135 W. Church St.
Libertyville, IL 60048
August 15, 2017
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
City Club of Chicago: Alternative Futures
Maggiano's Banquets
111 W. Grand Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60654  
August 30, 2017
11:30 a.m.