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Gettin' Quigley With It - Congressman Speaks at CNT Transit Future Event

New City Magazine | July 2, 2015

“We are about $3 trillion down on infrastructure in the country,” Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley told a packed room to promote Transit Future, a campaign by CNT and the Active Transportation Alliance to create a dedicated revenue stream at the Cook County level for public transportation.“We used to dream big and it drove the economy. Now we’re still using infrastructure we built during the Great Depression.”

Transit Future was inspired by a successful campaign in Los Angeles, where voters approved a half-cent sales tax to raise money for several new subway lines. If we don’t do something similar in Chicago, we may get left in the dust by historically car-centric L.A. 

In order for the region to win the federal dollars needed to bring Chicago's transportation network into the Twenty-First Century, we’re going to have to pull together as a team.

“Now more than ever, you need to be micro-focused on coordinating plans and requests, working at all levels of government, across all boundaries," he said. "You gotta be smart, and you gotta be bipartisan.”

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For Faithful, Social Justice Goals Demand Action on Environment

The New York Times | June 23, 2015

A recent article on the Front Page of Sunday's New York Times featured Faith in Place, which began in 1999 as a project of CNT with a goal to gather religious leaders in the Chicago region in dialogue, prayer, and action on issues of environmental sustainability.

The article points out that many faith traditions are awakening to the burden that climate change is placing on poor people, and finding justification for caring for the environment in their scripture. Pope Francis' urgent call for climate change action is likely to intensify this discussion, provoking what could be one of the most important dialogues between science and religion since the days of Charles Darwin.

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Pope Francis makes Chicago Catholics see green

The Chicago Tribune | June 23, 2015

Faith in Place, which started as a project by CNT, was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune: Answering a plea from Pope Francis to protect the planet, Chicagoans — Catholics and non-Catholics alike — have pledged to collect rainfall, conserve tap water, recycle their cans and bottles, and switch off the lights when they leave a room. Rev. Brian Sauder, a Mennonite minister who serves as executive director of an interfaith nonprofit called Faith in Place, commended the pope for framing the environmental movement in a moral context that could pierce the partisan divide.

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America’s Neglected Water Systems Face a Reckoning

Wharton School blog | June 22, 2015

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania calls attention to the “reckoning” America will face because it has neglected its water systems and cites CNT's research that indicates approximately 6 billion gallons of water could be wasted in the country each day due to leaky pipes.

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Billions of Gallons of Expensive Drinking Water Going Down the Drain

WEWS-TV 5 - Cleveland, Ohio | June 19, 2015

A recent Cleveland ABC News5 investigation into crumbling infrastructure highlights CNT's report "The Case for Fixing the Leaks"

According to CNT's Water Policy Manager Hal Sprague: "Water utilities and water supplies customers across the country are watching their money go down the drain because of leaks to the system and other water losses in today’s outdated systems... Across the country about 6 billion gallons a day is lost to water leaks and other losses as a result to crumbling infrastructure. Which is about 14 to 18 percent of our daily use."

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Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Suburbs

Mobility Lab | June 17, 2015

The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher cost of living in the city. Housing, though, is the expense that tips the scales decidedly in favor of the suburbs. Or does it? Well, with car payments and car costs at their highest levels ever, transportation costs can rebalance the scales in favor of the city.Unfortunately, most people don’t consider the cost of transportation when deciding where to live.

Thankfully, there’s another tool that accounts for transportation in determining housing affordability. The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has shown that location-efficient places (places that are walkable and transit-accessible) can actually be more affordable than location-inefficient (or car-dependent) places. The CNT has created an H+T Affordability Index that compares ZIP codes or addresses to determine the affordability of an area. It uses not only housing costs, but transportation costs, in making this determination.

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