CNT in the News

Calumet Area Community Leaders Meet to Address Flooding Issues

Chicago Tribune | October 18, 2016

During heavy rains, Bobby Evans places pallets at the edge of his front yard in Dolton so children waiting for the school bus can board without having to wade through an unexpected river.

"One little boy, I used to have to pick him up to get him on the bus," Evans said.

Evans and his wife, Barbara, have lived at the property on 156th Street since 1985. Over the years, when it rains, the five acres or so of vacant land behind him, made up of forest preserve and Illinois Department of Transportation land, turns into a steady gush that spills over onto his property...

The Evanses joined other residents, community activists and village leaders from the Calumet Region at a daylong meeting Saturday at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City to brainstorm ideas for addressing flooding in their towns. The gathering was arranged by RainReady, a project run by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a 40-year-old organization made up of engineers, scientists and urban planners.

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Affordable Transportation and Affordable Housing Need to Go Hand-in-Hand

Streetsblog Network | October 17, 2016

Rents continue to rise in cities across the U.S., and Pittsburgh is no exception. Noting the escalating housing costs in walkable neighborhoods, Alex Shewczyk at Bike Pittsburgh looks at how transportation and housing policy can coordinate to make places more affordable.

We know from resources like the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Housing+Transportation Index that transportation costs are a large household expense and closely tied to housing location. If you live somewhere with good options besides driving, you can save a lot. But these places are where housing costs are rising. To address the challenge of affordability, cities need to use both transportation strategies and housing strategies...

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The Highway Era Is Over. When Will Our Institutions Catch Up?

Streetsblog USA | October 10, 2016

The highway era is over. The construction of the Interstate Highway System is essentially complete.

Americans will continue to log lots of miles on highways, but for the most part, the job of building them is over. We’ve already connected the places worth connecting by highways.

The problem is that transportation agencies — especially state DOTs — haven’t caught up. In their training, organizational structure, and policies, most state DOTs are still oriented around building highway capacity in a neverending quest to eliminate car congestion. Times have changed, but they have no grand new purpose.

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Local Group Urges Arlington Heights to Consider "Green" Solutions to Help Reduce Flooding

Chicago Tribune | October 6, 2016

Members of a local grassroots environmental group are urging officials in Arlington Heights to consider "green" solutions as part of the village's estimated $41 million in upcoming stormwater management projects that aim to reduce flooding.

Mary Jo Warskow, a member of the Arlington Heights Cool Cities Coalition, said she planned to meet this week with Scott Shirley, the village's director of public works, sharing the message that "green infrastructure is a viable option."

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The Mythology of HOT Lanes

Streetsblog USA | September 29, 2016

In July Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stood on the platform of a train station in Alexandria to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation had granted $165 million for the Atlantic Gateway project.

While this is a multimodal project featuring rail, bus, and highway improvements, it was clearly the latter that most enthused the governor. At one point during his remarks, he declared that because of the road projects, “Today, the congestion is going to end!”

The primary focus of the highway improvements will be an extension of the HOT (high occupancy toll) lanes on I-95 and I-395. The only other speaker after the governor was a representative from Transurban, thecontroversial company that will operate the extended toll lanes.

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Getting to RainReady

ASCE Game Changers | September 26, 2016

Plagued by chronic flooding, the town of Midlothian, Illinois lacks the financial resources necessary to provide comprehensive flood protection and mitigation. The Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) stepped in to develop a multi-pronged flood plan called RainReady Midlothian, with additional help from partners including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). The initiative calls upon residents, municipal leaders, and business owners to work together to protect the community from dangerous flooding. The RainReady plan includes adding a detention pond, widening culverts, clearing the creek of sewer-blocking debris, and adding water-absorbent plant life.

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