CNT in the News

Transit-Oriented Development Produces Affordable Living Opportunities

Chicago Sun-Times | February 8, 2017

One way City Hall can help residents caught in the cross-hairs of gentrification is through transit-oriented development. This is a creative and far-sighted effort to build a greater number of living units near transportation hubs than would be normally be allowed. By requiring a large number of affordable units in the new construction, aldermen are helping longtime residents stay in their neighborhoods.Transit-oriented development also works naturally to produce more affordable living opportunities in a city. Because the building typically is located right next to a CTA L stop or Metra station, residents are less likely to need a car. And the building can be designed with fewer parking spaces, bringing down the cost.Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), calls it “equitable transit-oriented development.”

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CNT Receives Climate Change Business Journal Achievement Award

Environmental Business International | January 31, 2017

The RainReady program of the Center for Neighborhood Technology has been recognized with the Environmental Business International NGO award for catalyzing legislation and municipal action to prevent flood damage in Cook County, IL, and for modeling an innovative approach to organizing and branding community-focused climate change resilience efforts. Starting in 2012, CNT analyzed data from private insurers, FEMA, and the Small Business Administration to map changing patterns of flood damage in Cook County. Its analysis revealed that flood damage was increasing outside of mapped floodplains—a likely early consequence of climate change. CNT used its report to build support for the Illinois Urban Flooding Awareness Act and also created the RainReady program to work with communities affected by flooding.  CNT will be recognized at the 15th Annual Environmental Industry Summit in March, 2017.  

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CNT Has Used 'Hidden Data" to Probe Urban Problems for Four Decades

Building Design + Construction | January 18, 2017

CNT’s big push, which Bernstein himself is leading, is its Urban Opportunity Agenda. CNT analyzed 10 of the nation’s most economically hard-hit communities and quantified a portfolio of strategies that could reduce poverty in each by 25%. Philadelphia alone could reduce poverty by $476 million a year through such strategies as mining its waste stream, creating food security jobs, and improving access to jobs.

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DOT's Beyond Traffic 2045 Designates CNT as a Beyond Traffic Innovation Center | January 10, 2017

The U.S. transportation system, and the current planning and funding mechanisms, will not meet the demands presented by trends including population growth, climate change, and new technologies like driverless cars, according to a new federal report. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday, released the final Beyond Traffic 2045 report highlighting transportation challenges the U.S. will face over the next three decades. In conjunction with the release of Beyond Traffic 2045, Transportation Secretary Foxx designated 18 Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers across the country to lead research on the transportation challenges outlined in the report.  CNT is the only non-university Beyond Traffic Innovation Center selected.  The full list of Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers and more information about Beyond Traffic 2045 is available at:

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Water Works: Neighbors Turn Flooding Into Fuel for Sustainable Development

Curiosity Magazine | January 5, 2017

Helen Lekavich found support at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), which she says “opened every door” to get her and her Midlothian neighbors assistance from local, regional and state authorities. Because of the partnership and shared knowledge from CNT, Lekavich felt empowered to spearhead the changes that needed to be made in the community. 

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AllTransit: Making Transportation Data Public with Breadth and Depth | December 21, 2016

“Transit data comes with economic and social benefits,” said Linda Young. “Someone might be evaluating different sites for building housing. Now for the first time you can see how many jobs you can get to from that location. It’s not longer just asking: Are we in a busy place? We can see exactly how many jobs you can access on transit.”

As director of research at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), Young makes those kinds of connections through the AllTransit Database, recently singled out by Planetizen as one of the “Top Websites of 2016” for planning, land use and urban design.

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