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CMAP Weekly Update, 7-7-17

Transformed Economy

Transformed Economy.  By 2050, how will technology drive long-term structural changes in the regional economy, and what are potential strategies to help prepare for it? Learn more about this month's featured Alternative Future, Transformed Economy, and weigh in via web surveykiosksworkshops, or video.

Also, a new Chicago Tribune editorial encourages residents to comment now through August so the ON TO 2050 comprehensive regional plan can reflect their input.  And please register for our next forum, "The Future of Economic Opportunity," on Wednesday, July 19, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., at the Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium (2010 N. Chestnut Rd., Homewood).

Policy Updates

Census data indicates regional socioeconomic shifts.  A new CMAP Policy Update describes how, as our region has experienced a stagnant or even declining population, its diversity continues to increase. The update builds on a recent ON TO 2050 demographics snapshot -- which highlighted regional trends of age, ethnicity, race, and other factors -- by expanding that analysis to include income. By planning effectively for these demographic changes, the region can set the stage for inclusive growth that benefits all of its communities and residents. Read more on this Policy Update in Crain's Chicago Business.

National freight policy.  Another CMAP Policy Update examines H.R. 3001, Economy in Motion: The National Multimodal and Sustainable Freight Infrastructure Act. Filed in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 22, H.R. 3001 would expand on the national freight policy and funding system established in the FAST Act by creating new formula and grant programs for freight improvements. The bill proposes a new Freight Trust Fund to support these two programs through revenues raised by a new national waybill fee. On a related note, NBC-5 featured CMAP's interactive map of delays at grade crossings.

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.

CMAP happenings

ON TO 2050 outreach.  Thanks to the Stormwater Management Commission of Lake County for hosting a recent Alternative Futures event. To arrange a discussion for your organization, please contact Jane Grover ( or 312-386-8802).

Planning in the news

75th Street Corridor Improvement Project.  Crain's reported on the deferred action by the Trump administration on the pending application from IDOT for the first phase of the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project.

Soles and Spokes.  The National Association of City Transportation Officials has released the Global Street Design Guide for designing urban streets and public spaces around the world. A Polish town piloted a glow-in-the-dark bicycle and pedestrian pathway.

CMAQ and LTA in the news.  The Daily Herald gathered comments from residents around the region about local transportation concerns, including the new Pace Park-n-Ride at I-90 and Randall Rd., which was partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, and the Fox River Corridor Plan, which was developed through our Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

Around the region

Meet Your CityThe Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) recently held a "Closing the Civic Education Gap in Chicago" event as part of its "Meet Your City" initiative to foster civic engagement. The CAF's graphic novel for teenagers, No Small Plans, will be published on July 17, and copies can be pre-ordered now.

North Lake Shore Drive open house. IDOT and the Chicago Department of Transportation are holding a public open house to gather public input on a range of alternatives being considered for improving North Lake Shore Drive on Wednesday, July 12, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the DePaul University Student Center (2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago). Submit written comments and complete a survey online from July 12 to August 9 at the project website.

FEMA community meetings. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host two community meetings to solicit comments on draft flood hazard maps for the Illinois Lake Michigan coastline, for Lake County, on Monday, July 10, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Highland Park City Council Chambers (1707 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park); and for Cook County, on Tuesday, July 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Evanston Civic Center (2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston). You can also comment by email.

Census workshops. The U.S. Census is presenting a 2020 Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) web seminar. Registration is required, and only one workshop is needed. Available dates: July 10, at 2:00 p.m., July 11, at 10:00 a.m., July 17, at 2:00 p.m., July 18 at 10:00 a.m., July 19, at 2:00 p.m., July 20, at 2:00 p.m., July 24, at 2:00 p.m., July 25, at 10:00 a.m., July 26, at 10:00 a.m., and July 27, at 2:00 p.m. For details, contact  


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.
Register now

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.
Register now

City Club of Chicago: Alternative Futures 
Maggiano's Banquets
111 W. Grand Ave.  Chicago, IL 60654
August 30, 2017
11:30 a.m.
Register now

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