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CNT Study Lays Tracks for Future Commuter Rail in Southwest

El Paso Times | June 22, 2017

In April, 2016, CNT conducted a wide-reaching online survey receiving  more than 1,000 responses and including two public meetings, one in Las Cruces, and another in Anthony. 

“The study reveals how people will use the commuter service, which impediments or problems the commuter service may have, and will be helpful for a proposed service plan,” said David Chandler, director of market research and innovation at CNT and project manager for the commuter rail study. “A rail service would be a fixed, permanent anchor (of transportation) and would operate on the same track as the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, one of the largest freight railroads in the United States.”

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CNT to Prevent Basement Backups on South Side

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago | June 15, 2017

CNT's RainReady program will coordinate project outreach, construction management, and job creation surrounding the MWRD and City of Chicago-funded 40-home Chatham flood prevention project.  

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CNT to Work with MWRD, City on Flood Control in Chatham

Chicago Defender | June 8, 2017

After work in Chatham to assess and propose inland flooding solutions for the Chicago community of Chatham for nearly two years, CNT is excited to form a partnership with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the City of Chicago to initiate a research pilot study in Chatham, assessing 40 homes that will be retrofitted for flood prevention using green infrastructure.  Commissioner Kari K. Steele, a former Chatham resident, who has championed this effort, commended the MWRD staff and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) for their diligence to help address this critical issue in the Chatham community, stating “I’m excited about this project and my colleagues and I fully support this pilot study and understand firsthand the chronic urban flooding that affects this area.” Steele further commented that not only would the project reduce basement backups, but it would also “take pressure off of the local sewer lines, and serve as a model for other neighborhoods that experience urban flooding across the Chicagoland area”.

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Perspectives at the Water-Energy-Climate Nexus

Modern Pumping Today | May 18, 2017

A field of experts gathered to discuss climate change in the context of water and energy innovation and issues at Northwestern University’s 2016 Climate Change Symposium. The event was coordinated by the Northwestern Center for Water Research, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), and the Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering. CNT was there, highlighting its work that has motivated elected officials to enact legislation requiring FEMA to conduct a national study on urban flooding. Based on its many partnerships, CNT, has been able to deliver more sustainable practices that come to the aid of homeowners and communities to mitigate flooding. Through CNT’s popular RainReady initiative, homeowners and municipalities save money by installing green infrastructure solutions like rain gardens and bioswales for stormwater management. 

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Dallas the Top Car-Free Big City In Texas, According to AllTransit

Culture Map Dallas | May 18, 2017

One explanation for Dallas’ standing as the top car-free big city in Texas is its AllTransit score from the Center for Neighborhood Technology. The score measures a city’s public transit connectivity, access, and frequency.

Dallas has the highest AllTransit score — 6.8 — among the state’s five major cities. Next is Houston, with a score of 6.2, followed by San Antonio at 5.7, Austin at 5.5, and Fort Worth at 3.1.

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The Cost of Living Myth in Northeast Ohio

The Cleveland Scene | May 17, 2017

Read virtually any promotional brochure or talk to almost any resident about the benefits of Northeast Ohio, and cost of living is likely to rise to the top of the list--yet CNT research shows that Greater Clevelanders typically spend 55 percent of income on housing and transportation combined compared with 40 percent of income typically spent by the nation as a whole.

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