Millennials Don't Need All That Parking Space

Who would have thought that the hottest topic in planning circles would ever be parking? For generations, we planned our cities for cars first and people second. Now the tide is turning. Cities across the country are focusing on walking and cycling, on transit-oriented development (TOD), and on figuring out the appropriate place and space for parking. It’s all tied to generational shift. Millennials simply don’t want to drive like their parents did. As consumers, they gravitate... Read the rest of this entry »

CNT’s Kyle Smith Wins Urban Land Institute Young Visionary Award

We’re proud to announce that Kyle Smith, CNT’s Economic Development Project Manager, is a winner of the Urban Land Institute Chicago’s Young Visionary award. Through his work at CNT, Kyle has helped shape regional policy priorities to encourage smart land use that benefits communities and strengthens local markets. One of his seminal achievements thus far has been getting key agency stakeholders, mayors, and developers to embrace Priority Development Areas (PDAs). He first recommended PDAs... Read the rest of this entry »

Solving Neighborhood Problems Through Technology

An app connecting grocers to budget-conscious consumers, encouraging them to work together to prevent food from going to waste, was the big winner in the 4th annual CNT Urban Sustainability Apps Competition held last weekend. The competition connects community members and coders to solve real neighborhood problems using mobile technology. This year, the products designed were more sophisticated than ever, thanks in large part to the increased mentorship and opportunities to begin working... Read the rest of this entry »

Survey is in: Cook County Envisions a Multimodal Future

Cook County residents want quality transportation options for the 21st century. From August to December 2014, almost 1,500 residents participated in public workshops and online surveys for Connecting Cook County, the County’s long-range transportation plan. The results of this public engagement process highlight the importance of public transit and active transportation to the county’s future success, and strongly support the county’s move toward a more balanced (and less auto-centric)... Read the rest of this entry »

Obama Library Must Bring Better Transit

The Obama Foundation has officially announced the Obama Presidential Library will be located on Chicago’s South Side. When the institution comes to Washington Park or Jackson Park, it will bring millions of visitors and potentially billions of dollars in investment to the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Chicago.  Regardless of which site is selected, the library and museum development will include public investment and private commitments to improve the standard of living for... Read the rest of this entry »