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November 2, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 11-2-18

Nov 2, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 11-2-18

We hope you enjoy our new Weekly Update approach beginning today. The intent is to shine a light on activities of CMAP and its partners that help communities prosper across the region. Please share your own examples on social media using #2050BigIdeas, which we will collect for potential use here and in other materials describing ON TO 2050 implementation. And stay tuned for more details on how to help put the plan in action in your community.


ON TO 2050 Mobility: Modernizing how the region pays for transportation

The Chicago region’s transportation system faces significant challenges after decades of under investment. Current revenues are insufficient to keep the transportation system in a state of good repair, let alone enhance it. CMAP calculates a $24 billion gap over the next few decades to simply keep the system in the condition it is in today. Across our region, nearly one in 10 bridges is rated "poor," as is one-quarter of every road mile. Regarding transit, about 25 percent of our rail cars have exceeded their useful life, with some dating back to the Eisenhower administration.

Each day, the system's deterioration takes a real toll on residents and businesses, harming quality of life and the economy. By not investing fully in infrastructure, as a region we ensure that the expense is passed along to everyone via missed economic opportunities and time stuck in traffic.

That’s why ON TO 2050 recommends to fully fund the region’s transportation system by exploring new sources of revenue including a pilot study for a road usage charge (RUC). CMAP Executive Director Joseph C. Szabo wrote about the need for new revenues and how to address concerns about RUCs in an op-ed published yesterday by Crain’s Chicago Business. Read a CMAP Policy Update for more about how an RUC could work.


New CMAP data helps communities plan

As a comprehensive plan for the Chicago region, ON TO 2050 has numerous strategies meant to be implemented at the local level. To help communities achieve their goals, CMAP has updated the Community Data Snapshots, which summarize demographics, housing, employment, transportation habits, and other key details about metropolitan Chicago’s 284 municipalities, 77 Chicago Community Areas, and seven counties. These reports are available as easy-to-print PDFs, and the underlying data can be downloaded from the CMAP Data Hub.

New this year are several categories aligned with ON TO 2050’s core principles of Inclusive Growth, Resilience, and Prioritized Investment. The snapshots now include data on residents' fluency in English, those born outside the U.S., and the percentage of monthly income going toward living costs. Additionally, existing fields like age and educational attainment have been adjusted to better reflect changing demographics.

For more data to assist with local planning, communities can also explore ON TO 2050 Indicators that set targets and measure progress of plan implementation or ON TO 2050 Local Strategy Maps that help relate the plan’s recommendations to the municipal or community level.

To improve the Community Data Snapshots in the future, CMAP wants to hear from you. Please take a quick survey to describe how you use this data and what you'd like to see in next year's snapshots.


ON TO 2050: Regional collaboration

A group of more than 150 business and community leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, technology experts, and policy makers have announced Plan 2033, or P33, a blueprint for Chicago tech growth in the future. It seeks to strengthen Chicago’s ability to attract and retain top tech talent, increase capital available to startups, and boost the region’s place in the national technology space.

Read more about P33 in Crain’s Chicago Business. Related ON TO 2050 recommendations to enhance economic innovation and pursue regional economic development encourage the region to work collaboratively to increase prosperity for all.


ON TO 2050: Walkable communities

The ON TO 2050 recommendation to support development of compact, walkable communities builds on the idea that, in the future, more people will want to live in vibrant areas that offer easy access to amenities. The plan provides strategies about street and sidewalk adaptations, parking, safety, transit-supportive land use, and placemaking that can help communities in our region increase walkability for their residents.

An interview in Vox with urban planner Jeff Speck, author of a new book Walkability City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places, outlines how walkable communities can stimulate the economy, provide housing and amenities, and remain affordable and inclusive for all. Speck said increased walkability can provide residents with more transit choice regardless of income, as well as provide more mobility for the elderly and disability communities, both of which align with the ON TO 2050 recommendation to leverage the transportation network to promote inclusive growth.



MPC Folded Map Project event
South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60649
November 7, 2018
6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
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EPA WFIA information session
Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
November 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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CNT events

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is holding two events this fall to discuss its ongoing and future work. Both events are informal, free, and open to the public, but registration is required.

CNT Reception for Chicago Connectory
Chicago Connectory
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 570
Chicago, IL 60654
November 14, 2018
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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CNT Open House
Center for Neighborhood Technology office
17 N. State St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602
December 4, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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